1998 Vieux Chateau Certan

This Pomerol is a rare blend of 90% Merlot & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  It has a deep opaque garnet color with a dark pink rim and is youthful in appearance.  There are deep, powerful aromas of kirsch, ripe dark cherry, cough syrup & dark chocolate.  The nose is rich and expressive with medicinal herb, a cool touch of mint/menthol, a hint of cedar, cigar leaf, dark and a bit of hearth smoke. It is medium+ bodied and the tannins are dense & chewy, a bit gritty and immature.  The profile is of round dark fruit, tinged with vanilla cherry coke on the finish.  The wine is flavorful, but structurally less than scintillating.  Straightforward, one-dimensional, a very linear experience, little complexity or development.  Perhaps a victim of the early garagiste influence?  Hmmm… a bit of a conundrum…a solid Pomerol vintage, expressive & generous aromatics & a youthful appearance usually indicate future promise. But surely this wine should have evolved more by now?  Should perhaps be consumed with a meal to give it more of a chance to shine.

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