From the winter until the first signs of summer the weather pattern in 2007 was one of very mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. These weather conditions helped bring about an early bud-break in the vines in March and an even, homogeneous flowering at the end of May. After lovely sunny weather in the month of June, July and August were particularly cool and rainy. Fortunately, the pattern of very fine weather which set in from September 9th enabled the grapes to catch up on lost time and reach optimum levels of ripeness in ideal weather conditions.
The Merlot and two Cabernets were harvested between September 17th and 29th. It is this remarkable balance that can be found in the blending proportions: 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Today, after ageing fourteen months in new barrels, the 2007 vintage of Vieux Château Certan is one of fruit and subtlety.
"It has great ageing potential and can start to be enjoyed in five to eight years, though it will continue to age well for a dozen years or so more in a good cellar."