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1975 Vieux Chateau Certan

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

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93Vinous / IWC

Plump black plum on the nose with a distinctive brine/marine scent, well-defined and gaining intensity in the glass... Well-endowed red fruit, very well balanced though quite muscular, sinewy in style, there is admirable grip if not the most graceful VCC that you will ever meet.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...excellent power and richness as well as complexity and balance. Medium to dark ruby, with a fragrant, ripe, rich, plummy, cedary, spicy bouquet, full body, big, concentrated flavors, and moderate tannin...


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.