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Vieux Château Certan

Location: Pomerol

Size: 14 hectares (Just under 35 acres)

Vineyards: Vieux Château Certan has soil that is a mixture of clay and gravel. The grape varieties planted are Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Cabernet Franc 30%. The average age of the vines is 35 years.

History: Vieux Chateau Certan originated in the early 1500's, when the Demay family, from Scottish roots, came to live on the property. The estate has been known by its current name since 1745. Charles Bousquet bought the estate in 1858 and built the buildings that still stand. In 1924 A wine shipper from Belgium, Georges Thienpont, bought the chateau. Since 1957, it has been run by a company formed by later generation of the Thienpont family.

Vinification & Aging: All grape harvesting is done by hand (as is required by regulation in the region). A rigorous sorting of the fruit for quality takes place before the grapes arrive in the cellar. After crushing, the fermentation takes place in a combination of large oak tanks and also in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Each grape variety is vinified separately for blending at a later time. The wines are in the fermentation tanks for about 3 weeks. The wines are finally placed in 100% new oak barrels for aging. The wines stay in barrel for a period of 18 to 22 months depending on the vintage. Before bottling, the wines are fined (clarified) using egg whites. The wine is bottled without filtering.

Style: The wines of Vieux Château Certan are perfumed, complex, elegant and slow to develop. Rather than being massive, fruit forward wines that are more and more the trend, Vieux Château Certan maintains a very traditional style that seeks grace and elegance.

33500 Libourne
Pomerol, France
Phone: 33-5-751-1733
Fax: 33-5-740-6608