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2003 Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol (in magnum)
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About Vieux Chateau Certan

For the past 88 years, Vieux Chateau Certan has been owned by the Thienpont family. Alexander Thienpont, grandson of George, who acquired the estate in 1924, manages today. His hard work in the last 20 years has caused the estate to shine, lifting it from a period of shakiness in the '70s and '80s.

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2003 Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol (in magnum)

Producer: Vieux Chateau Certan
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Pomerol

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87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2006

($75-$94; 80% cabernet franc and 20% merlot) Medium red-ruby. Black plum, tobacco leaf, licorice, smoke and a vegetal note on the nose. Offers decent texture on entry, then turns rather green and herbal in the middle palate. This has some sweetness and life to it but finishes dry, with an impression of unabsorbed alcohol and a whiff of cabbage leaf. This rather soft wine can be drunk already. Thienpont has basically loathed this vintage from the outset, as VCC's early-maturing vines were badly burned by the heat of the summer.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.

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Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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