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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.
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.