2005 will leave the memory of a vintage of great quality whose climate, from winter to autumn, was exceptionally dry for Bordeaux, with a late spring and hot summer, sunny but without heat wave. The ripening of the grapes, quite early, was remarkably well done for all the grape varieties. The favorable climate from September to mid-October, allowed harvesting, without haste, especially sweet grapes, sufficiently acidic, fruity and particularly colorful. The harvest took place between 12 and 21 September.
Old Château Certan 2005, after a vatting of three weeks, was aged for eighteen months in new oak barrels. The vinification was made by separate grape varieties, taking into account their age and the nature of the soil on which they rest. The selected blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, without any Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vieux Château Certan 2005 is a vintage to compare to 1989, ie very Merlot, balanced, very concentrated without being powerful, very aromatic too.
"At the tasting, it will have to be decanted in a carafe well in advance if it is young, at the last moment when it will be older."
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