Vieux Chateau Certan 2001 traded at an all-time high of £1,750 per 12×75 this week.
It originally came out at £520 and has climbed steadily since release, proving resistant to ups and downs in the wider market.
Earlier in the month, Decanter’s Jane Anson awarded the wine a perfect 100 points following a comparative tasting of 2000 and 2001 Bordeaux in London. She described it as a, “a show stopper of a wine, from the very first moment that you pour it.”
She notes that, “2001 was a vintage that very much suited Pomerol, and the Merlot here takes precedence over the Cabernet Franc, expanding sideways, juicy and smiling.”
Other critics have been less effusive. Neal Martin scored the wine 93 points in 2013, though he noted that it appeared to be “on an upward curve”.
Anson awarded a lower 96 points to the estate’s 2000 vintage (Market Price £2,200 per 12×75). Her followers will note that despite recent prices rises, her 100-point pick is still available for less that its older sibling.