Currently, Certan-Giraud is planted to about 80 percent Merlot and 20 percent Cabernet Franc. Moueix purchased the property from the Societe de Domaines Giraud, a family-owned concern that had controlled the property since 1955. Moueix did not disclose the purchase price.
Certan-Giraud, whose wines have received very good ratings from Wine Spectator tasters in the past, has some impressive neighbors. It is located in the highest portion of the Certan plateau, and it lies adjacent not only to Petrus, but to two other famed Pomerol estates as well. "It has a great potential, located as it is between Lafleur and Vieux-Chateau-Certan and in front of Petrus," said Moueix. He plans to renovate the cellar as well as some portions of the 17-acre vineyard.
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