The beginning of 2006 was cold, causing a slight delay in bud-break. A dry spring followed, helping the flowering to take place in good conditions. The month of July was extremely hot, resulting in a halt in vine vegetation growth, followed by early grape colour change. The cool, overcast August weather prolonged the period of grape colour change. During the first ten days of September, favourable weather conditions set in for the completion of the ripening process. The picking took place from September 12 to 27.
The 2006 Vieux Château Certan, after a vatting period of three weeks, was aged for fourteen months in new oak barrels. The grapes were vinified separately according to variety and taking into account the age of the vines and the type of soil in which they are planted. The blend selection was 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The high quality of Vieux Château Certan 2006, displayed in its fruit, finesse and pedigree, makes it one of the estate’s truly outstanding vintages. It is very close to the 2005 but with a more suave style.
"When serving, it should be decanted well beforehand if it is still young and at the last moment when it is older."