Robert Parker – 87
Tasted at the Pomerol off-line at The Ledbury. It is many years since I have tasted the Vieux-Chateau-Certan 1997. It has a rather innocuous, leafy bouquet with touches of cedar, loganberry and iodine. Quite simple but not offensive. The palate is relatively light-bodied, fresh and lively with pert red-berried fruit, just a little hardness and dryness marring the finish, but still a pleasurable wine that does well for the vintage. Drink now-2016. Tasted September 2010.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016
Vinous – 87-89
Excellent red-ruby color. Floral aromas of redcurrant and cedary, smoky oak. Pretty, fruity and harmonious, with moderate depth and fleshiness. Not especially sweet. A second sample from a less-charred barrel nevertheless showed a strong oak component and clean, black cherry-dominated flavors. This vintage should develop fairly quickly.