THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION
Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 19%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%,
THE CRITICS’ VIEWS
98-100/100, The Wine Advocate
98-99/100, James Suckling
18.5/20, Jancis Robinson
THE RELEASE PRICE
Vieux Château Certan 2015 was released in April 2015 at €150 per bottle ex-negociant in Bordeaux, with a UK price of £1695 per dozen.
THE CURRENT MARKET PRICE
On the back of impressive critic scores and demand exceeding supply, the market value has increased an impressive +22% since release, valued at £2070 per dozen as of 1st February, 2017.
COMPARABLE VINTAGES & OUTLOOK
Vieux Château Certan 2015 looks set to become one of the great vintages of this property. Based on the Wine Advocate score of 98-100 points, the 99-point 2009 and 2010 vintages are apt comparisons. The current market value of the 2010 vintage (£2660 per dozen), suggests further appreciation potential of +28.5% (disregarding general market uplift), should the score be finalised at 99 points. However, should the resultant score be 100, the 2015 will become the highest scoring vintage to date. Further appreciation can therefore be expected, exceeding the market values for the 2009 and 2010 vintages.
Vieux Château Certan was founded in mid-18th century by Jean Demay de Certan, at which point the estate was called Sertan. In the 1770’s the Chateau was subsequently built. Later, after the French revolution, the large vineyard holdings were split amongst a number of chateâux and owners, one of which was to later become Chateau Certan de May. In 1924, after a period of reputed winemaking, the estate was purchased by the owners of Château Troplong Mondot, Belgian wine merchant Georges Thienpont. An unfortunately long string on sub-standard vintages followed, forcing him to sell Troplong Mondot. A number of great mid-20th century vintages followed. George Thienpont passed away in 1962, staying under family ownership. Finally passed down to the highly skilled Alexandre Thienpont, the property, viticultural and vinification techniques were subsequently modernised. Quality continues to rise.
The property has 14 hectares under vine (Merlot 65%, Cabernet Franc 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%) with an average vine age of 50 years. The soil composition is varied, from deep clay, to clay with gravel and gravel. This aids in hugely varied constituent parts to any blends. The wines are aged in 100% new French oak barriques and aged for 18-22 months prior to release.
2015 was a perfect vintage in Pomerol, with the best Châteaux producing wines with ripe tannins, full body and hedonistic appeal. Budbreak and flowering occurred under perfect conditions after a long winter. Long, sunny days, with low cloud cover lasted throughout the summer. Some August rainfall helped reduce vine stress, resulting in a perfectly healthy crop. Harvest at Vieux Chateau Certan took place between 17th September and 2nd October, under the clear skies of an Indian Summer.