Vieux Château Certan 2000


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Tasting Notes

A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power, this youthful 2000 will benefit from another five years of cellaring. It appears to have 25 more years of life ahead of it. A deep ruby/purple color is just beginning to lighten at the edges. The bouquet offers up scents of cedar wood, melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, caramel, and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and pure with low acidity as well as formidable tannins in the long finish, the 2000 should rival vintages such as 2005, 2006, and 2009.

Score: 95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

The 2000, a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, appears to be more elegant version of the powerful, dense, concentrated 1998. Its saturated ruby/purple color is followed by an exceptional bouquet of blackberries, cassis, spice box, licorice, and minerals. Deep and full-bodied, with great intensity, tremendous purity, low acidity, and high tannin, this is another majestic Vieux Chateau Certan that will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. Last tasted, 1/03.

Score: 94+Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

he dense ruby/purple-colored, tight 2000 gradually reveals notes of oak, tapenade, blackberries, spice box, licorice, and vanilla. Deep, medium to full-bodied, and powerful, with superb purity, low acidity, and high tannin, this backward, concentrated Vieux Chateau Certan falls just short of rivaling the sensational 1998. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.

Score: 95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

Score: 95James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 03), March 2003

Score: 95James Suckling, Wine Spectator Weekly (16 Jan 03), January 2003

Score: 95/100James Suckling,, January 2003

Score: 18Farr Vintners, April 2001

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