La Gravette de Certan 2016
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: La Gravette de Certan
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
Grapes Varieties: 18% Cabernet Franc,75% Merlot,7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Classification: 2nd Wine of Vieux Ch. Certan Production: 1250 cases
Alcohol: 14% abv Packing: Original Wooden Case of 12 bottle
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
WA=95 Made up of 75% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 La Gravette de Certan has a deep garnet-purple colour and features lovely redcurrants, black raspberries and black cherries notes with a beautiful floral background of lavender and rosehip tea plus suggestions of sandalwood, cinnamon stick and menthol. Medium-bodied, refreshing, elegant and beautifully seamless, it offers layers of perfumed red and black fruits with a satiny texture and very impressive length.
JS=95 Lovely finesse and clarity of ripe fruit, leather, spice and leaves on the nose and palate. Medium body, elegance and balance. It just floats on the palate. One of the best ever of the second wine of Vieux Chateau Certan. Drinkable now, but even better in 2023.
AG=93 The 2016 La Gravette de Certan is flat-out gorgeous. Supple, creamy and beautifully textured, the 2016 possesses striking density and class to burn. Readers will find all of the sensuality of the Grand Vin in this striking, sumptuous second wine. A rush of blue fruits, lavender, spice, menthol and rose petal builds in a silky, beautifully perfumed Pomerol. Readers who can find the Gravette should not hesitate, as it is sublime. The 2016 is 75% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon taken from young vines, those under 25 years of age. Because young vines struggle a bit more under heat stress, the Gravette has a slightly exotic character. It is a fabulous and arrestingly beautiful wine by any measure.
WS=90 A lovely note of just-warmed tobacco leaf leads off, followed by a supple core of dark currant and cherry preserve flavours. Light gravel and bay accents echo through the finish. Shows freshness and definition. Drink now through 2028.