La Gravette de Certan Pomerol 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Bordeaux
R1,650
In stock
(Only 44 left)
'This is quietly one of the best second wines in Bordeaux,' wrote Wine Spectator. It is not often that you find a second wine that's more scarce to come by than the Grand Vin. The La Gravette de Certan 2017 is an impeccable testament to the talent of the Thienpont family and at less than a quarter of the price of the Grand Vin.
92
AG
La Gravette de Certan is the second wine of Vieux Château Certan which was introduced in 1986. Georges Thienpont, owner at the time, wanted to know which of his clients were buying his wine. To get this information, he decided to place the now famous pink capsule on the bottle.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 La Gravette de Certan, made from the estate's young vines (under 25 years of age) is soft, open-knit and inviting. In this vintage, the Gravette is especially floral and perfumed, which gives it tons of immediacy and sheer appeal. Rose petal, sweet red berries, licorice and mint are all laced into the very pretty, nuanced finish. I would prefer to drink the 2017 over the next decade or so. Drink 2022 - 2032.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 92/100

'Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 La Gravette de Certan leaps from the glass with exuberant scents of blueberry preserves, blackberry compote and black cherries with hints of violets, menthol, chocolate box and aniseed. Medium-bodied, the palate has a generous amount of expressive blue and black fruit flavors, framed by ripe, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Drink 2022 - 2038.' – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 92/100

'The second wine of Vieux Château Certan, this is produced from young vines. Still with plenty of tannins, it has structure although the fruit is already beginning to shine through. It offers spice and good acidity, and is likely to be ready from 2022.' – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 92/100
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 14.5%
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Rating AG 92
Producer information Vieux Château Certan is one of the oldest Bordeaux properties in Pomerol. The estate's history dates back to almost 1770. In 1924, the château was sold to the Belgian wine merchant Georges Thienpont. This successful businessman wanted to know which of his clients were buying his wine. To get this information, he decided to place the now famous pink capsule on the bottle. Thanks to this technique, Georges was easily able to see if his clients were purchasing his cuvée without having to ask them. Located at the top of the Pomerol plateau, the château is currently managed by Alexandre Thienpont. The vineyard is composed of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Being well-positioned and one of the oldest Pomerol properties, its wines are also some of the most sought-after.
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