La Gravette de Certan Pomerol 2015
Vieux Château Certan in Pomerol has a surface area of 14 hectares (35 acres) planted in one single block, vineyard, made up of 23 plots, each of them individually managed according to soil type, grape variety planted, and age of vines. The soils are subtly varied and contain a very clayey part planted mainly with Merlot (70%), a gravel-clay part planted with Cabernet Franc (25%) and a very gravelly part planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (5%). The average age of the vineyard is 50 years. These old vines, together with the beneficial effect of the Pomerol plateau’s micro-climate, enable the different grape varieties to reach perfect ripeness levels.
La Gravette de Certan is the second wine of the estate produced from the younger vines and made with very fine precision that is faithful to the pedigree of the vineyard. Although it has undeniable similarities to its superior, it offers a more accessible character in its youth. The 2015 is made of 80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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James Suckling"So pretty on the nose with iodine, dark berries, flowers and rose petals. Full body and integrated tannins within a beautiful texture. Intense finish. Focused. Second wine of VCC. Better in 2022."
Wine SpectatorFresh and pure, with tasty cherry paste, plum and cherry preserve flavors laced with a singed vanilla note. Light anise, tobacco and violet accents line the finish. Best from 2019 through 2027. 1,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThis is the second wine of Vieux Château Certan, accounting for one-third of production and composed mainly of fruit from the younger vines. A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 La Gravette de Certan is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with gorgeous, expressive plum preserves and blackberry pie notions on the nose with touches of powdered cinnamon, cloves, potpourri and dusty soil. Elegant, soft and pretty in the mouth, it has a spicy character and an earthy/savory finish.