I have tasted the 2001 Vieux Château several times in the past, but this bottle of Certan came from my own cellar. The bouquet is very refined and, as always, quite Merlot-driven, featuring succulent red fruit and just a faint touch of licorice. More tertiary scents emerge with time, flanked by freshly picked morels. The palate is medium-bodied and graceful – this is not a dense VCC –though I would have preferred more grip toward the finish. This is a wine that I adored from barrel, but it has never quite hit the heights I expected in bottle. Tasted at home.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2037
Magnum of gloriousness. Wonderfully fresh and lively still. Lifted nose with real drive. Masses of ripe Merlot character. Such elegance! Char, tar and polish. The wine was served in Zalto glasses and there seemed to be such a contrast between the delicacy of these wafer-thin glasses and the massive opulence and richness of this great wine.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040
Robert Parker 93
Tasted from bottle at Mark Walford’s annual lunch at Waterside Inn. Alexandre described 2001 as a â€œmerlot yearâ€ and certainly on the nose the oak is not becoming fully enmeshed. There is plenty of succulent red berry fruit that has a candied sweetness and precocity that is perhaps not the typical character you expect apropos VCC. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins lending the ’01 a rigid structure and there is certainly superior tension compared to the ’02 and lovely tobacco-infused red fruits and spice towards the long finish. This Pomerol appears to be on an upward curve. Tasted May 2013.