2017 began with a cool, dry winter, followed by a mild, rainy spring, which brought about an early, even budding. Summer-like temperatures around 20th May triggered the flowering process, which was completed very quickly. High temperatures continued throughout June, while the accompanying humidity led to vigorous vine growth. The good health enjoyed by the vines since the beginning of the cycle continued with the fine, hot and dry summer weather.
The grapes were picked in several stages, each of them at precise timing. Thanks to favourable weather in September, each grape variety was brought in at optimal ripeness.
The Merlot shows ripe fruit, freshness and a silky texture. While the colour is a deep, intense garnet, the nose reveals subtle red berry fruit aromas. On the palate, the wine is smooth, round and balanced. One of the five earliest vintages of the last twenty years, the 2017 promises to be a fine vintage.
Vieux Château Certan 2017, with its controlled power, has excellent ageing potential. The harmonious balance between its silky texture and its freshness of flavour has produced a wine with breed and great class that mirrors the outstanding terroir from which it was made.
|Crop thinning and de-leafing||from 31/07 to 4/08, and from 28/08 to 1/09/2017 respectively.|
|Harvesting in three stages||12 and 13/09 then 18 and 19/09 and finally from 25/09 to 2/10/2017.|
|Blend||80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.|
|Alcoholic degree||14.5 %/vol.|
|Bottling||from May 6th to May 16th 2019.|
"The first bottles of this vintage may be enjoyed in the seven to nine years while the rest can be kept a further twenty years or more."