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The April 2024 Auction: Part 1

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Auction Ends: 4/4/2024 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #61. Vieux Château Certan 2018

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Region: France, Bordeaux, Pomerol.
Score: 99+ WA.
"The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with 14.4% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is locked down tight at this youthful stage, requiring a lot of patient swirling to release a profound powerhouse of a perfume: preserved plums, blueberry compote, ripe black cherries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of Indian spices, lilacs, espresso and licorice, plus a waft of sandalwood. The medium to full-bodied palate has an amazing sense of cohesiveness. There are no edges to the seamless flow of exquisitely fine-grained tannins and perfectly knit acidity, beautifully framing the blue and black fruits, which are at once elegant and also so, so rich. It finishes with many slowly lapping waves of minerals and exotic spices, which just go on and on. It is a wine that is, simply put, an experience not to be missed. Give it a good 6-8 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30 years or more. ‘It was a vintage of contrasts,’ began Guillaume Thienpont. ‘It was hard with the mildew at the beginning. There were some spots on the canopy, but fortunately the fruit was intact.’ Vieux Château Certan's Merlot was harvested September 24-26, and then they had to wait for the Cabernet Franc. ‘We waited and waited until early October,’ Guillaume said. ‘Then it rained a little on October 3. It was just enough to push the vines through. We finished picking on October 10. We were one of the last to pick! But we were so happy. The tannins are like cashmere this year. This year, Cabernet Franc was not just useful—it was necessary.’ As for the winemaking: ‘The extraction was very soft, just like flipping a piece of meat on a grill,’ Alexandre, Guillaume’s father, added with a smile." Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, Mar 2021
Provenance: The Redwood Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $300

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