Vieux Chateau Certan was built in the 16th century by the Demay family who had originated from Scotland. In 1924, the estate was acquired by the Belgian wine merchant Georges Thienpont. Today, the chateau is under the direction of his grandson, Alexandre Thienpont. Like his grandfather, Thienpont works to respects the land and natural beauty of the property in order to produce exceptional wines. The vineyards of Vieux Chateau Certan are located in the middle of the plateau of Pomerol, an appellation renowned for its Merlot-dominant blends. This makes Vieux Chateau Certan stand out in particular, as the estate’s plantings are divided as 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2014 vintage began mild temperatures in the spring. This created a rather consistent flowering across all of Pomerol. Additionally, these conditions helped produce a good acidity level in the grapes, which promises strong ageing potential. However, while the sun appeared very reluctant for the majority of July and August, September brought with it an excellent heat to ripen the grapes. Good tannin structure developed in the fruit as well. These superb Indian summer conditions have produced what many are declaring a classic Bordeaux vintage.