From winter to the beginning of June, the first half of 2014 began with mild temperatures and frequent periods of rain.
The flowering process that followed was even, helped by glorious weather in mid-June.
Despite a summer with scattered stormy periods, the weather changed for the better with consistent summer sunshine from the end of August till the harvest.
As a precaution, we carried out vine canopy work in several stages as from the veraison. One week before the harvest, de-leafing was necessary on the west side of the rows in order to enhance ripening.
Thanks to this glorious Indian summer, the Cabernet Franc was of excellent quality.
It brought to the blend delicacy, excellent length and breed. It gives the wine its flamboyant side.
The Merlot is rich, perfumed, round and vinous. It brings liveliness and pleasantness.
The 2014 Vieux Château Certan displays many facets: it shows a balance between freshness and roundness and between fruit character and length of flavour.
It is charming and delicious.
|Crop thinning and de-leafing||from 29th July to 14th August, then from 9th to 12th September 2014|
|Harvest||19th and 20th September, then from 29th September to 2nd October and finally on 7th and 8th October 2014|
|Blend||80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Alcoholic degree||14 %/ vol|
|Bottling||from May 17th to May 25th, 2016|
"The first bottles of this vintage may be enjoyed in the six to eight years while the rest can be kept a further twenty years or more."