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2015 La Gravette de Certan

ITEM 8313002 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
erwri2 1 $56 $56
easch 3 of 4 $55 $165
4 $55
Item Sold Amount Date
I8354609 1 $55 Jul 31, 2022
I8328921 3 $55 Jul 17, 2022
I8313002 1 $56 Jul 10, 2022
I8313002 3 $55 Jul 10, 2022
I8293078 2 $55 Jun 26, 2022
I8271119 2 $55 Jun 12, 2022
I8260435 2 $56 Jun 5, 2022
I8260435 4 $55 Jun 5, 2022
I8235082 1 $55 May 22, 2022
I8227175 2 $55 May 15, 2022
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RATINGS

94James 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.

93Jeb Dunnuck

Straight-up sexy and open-knit, with thrilling notes of kirsch, tobacco, and sweet spice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness and a great texture.

92Vinous / IWC

Inky plum, blueberry, mint, lavender and spice notes give the Gravette its dark, sumptuous personality.

90The Wine Advocate

...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.

90Wine Spectator

Fresh 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.

PRODUCER

Vieux Chateau Certan (Second Label)

La Gravette de Certan is the second wine of Vieux Chateau Certan, which is one of the oldest estates in Pomerol. It was founded in the 16th century in the heart of Pomerol’s most remarkable viticultural plateau. The wine is unclassified in terms of official Bordeaux classifications, but the 33-acre estate has long had a reputation for making outstanding wines. Until the mid-20th century, when Petrus became a famous name, Vieux-Chateau-Certan was considered the finest wine of the Pomerol. The estate is run by Alexandre Thienpont, whose grandfather purchased it in 1924, and it is owned by a group of Thienpont family members, who also own Le Pin. Vieux-Chateau-Certan has achieved a cult status and the wine distinguishes itself from other Pomerols by having a high percentage of Cabernet Franc, often nearly 30%.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux’s red wine producing regions, with only about 2,000 acres of vineyards. Located on the east side of the Dordogne River, it is one of the so-called “right bank” appellations and therefore planted primarily to Merlot. Pomerol is unique in Bordeaux in that it is the only district never to have been rated in a classification system. Some historians think Pomerol’s location on the right bank made it unattractive to Bordeaux-based wine traders, who had plenty of wine from Medoc and Graves to export to England and northern Europe. Since ranking estates was essentially a marketing ploy to help brokers sell wine, ranking an area where they did little business held no interest for them. Pomerol didn’t get much attention from the international wine community until the 1960s, when Jean-Pierre Moueix, an entrepreneurial wine merchant, started buying some of Pomerol’s best estates and exporting the wines. Today the influential Moueix family owns Pomerol’s most famous estate, Château Pétrus, along with numerous other Pomerol estates. Pomerol wines, primarily Merlot blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, are considered softer and less tannic than left bank Bordeaux.

VINTAGE

2015 La Gravette de Certan

This is a second label of Vieux Chateau Certan.