This year, everything combined to make the vintage a success: superb weather allied to a mature vineyard enabled an outstanding vintage.
A cool and sufficiently rainy winter, followed by a magnificent spring, brought about a quick and homogeneous budding of the vines. A good flowering followed, helped by fine weather at the end of May and beginning of June.
Hot weather during July brought a substantial water deficit in the vineyard. This amazing summer period caused the skins of the grapes to thicken and along with fine end-of-the-season weather this enabled us to look forward to a worry-free harvest.
The Merlot was ripe, silky and complete. It brought all its strength to the wine. The subtle Cabernet Franc provided balance by its freshness, and length of flavour through its pedigree. It gave the wine delicacy and spirit.
Like the 2009 vintage, the Vieux Château Certan 2015, with its controlled power, offers excellent ageing potential. The balance between its silky texture and its freshness makes this a wine that has breed and great distinction, mirroring its outstanding terroir.
|Crop thinning and de-leafing||from 3rd to 18th August, then from 2nd to 8th September 2015.|
|Harvesting in three stages||17th and 18th September, then 22nd and 23rd September and finally from 28th September to 2nd October 2015.|
|Blend||80% Merlot ; 19% Cabernet Franc ; 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.|
|Bottling||from May 2nd to May 5th, 2017.|
"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."