The aromas of this are so gorgeous, with blackberries, black cherries and wet earth. Full body with super-fine tannins and bright acidity. A firm, tightly structured young red with orange peel and other citrus fruit. This is so focused and straight. Try in 2018.
95-97. Barrel sample. A beautifully-perfumed wine with ripe, soft tannins and sweet fruit. It has density yet the tannins are so velvety and ripe.
Very deep and broad for the vintage, this sports ample toast and loam notes, showing remarkable polish and heft. A core of ganache, fig, boysenberry preserves and melted licorice waits in reserve. Offers a fleshy feel through the finish, with lingering loam and maduro tobacco details. Best from 2017 through 2032. 3,500 cases made.
The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2011 Vieux Chateau Certan offers a beautiful bouquet of plums, black cherries, cassis and hints of graphite as well as spice, an excellent texture and medium body. A success in this difficult vintage, it should age easily for 10-15 years. Yet after the trilogy of great wines in 2008, 2009 and 2010, few consumers are likely to pay much attention to this 2011.
Coffee and dark fruit – a hint of torrefaction but not overripeness. Dark and elegant on the palate. Firm, compact but really fine tannins. Dry and elegant. Julia Harding MW
This is a fleshy, generous, full bodied Pomerol with a detailed fruit profile and great depth. Flavours range from violets, plums, black berries with hints of mocha and cedar. The fruit was obviously perfectly ripe with polished, generous tannins and a very long finish. The quantity produced this year is the same as in 2010 with 29% of Cabernet Franc used in the blend. A phenomenal wine and my top wine from Pomerol.by jeannie cho lee in 2012
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