Chateau Certan De May
chateau certan de may pomerol 2016 750ml
Notes on the Winery:
This perfectly situated 5.5 hectare property lies directly opposite Vieux Chateau Certan and close to l'Evangile, La Conseillante, Petrus and Le Pin. There is no doubt that when they get it right here they are capable of producing Pomerol of the highest quality. However quality was rather hit and miss in the past. The good news is that legendary Pomerol winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet is now overseeing the winemaking. The vineyard is planted with 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
98 points - James Suckling
"A deeply intense and plush Pomerol with immaculately ripe fruit and tannins. So well executed with aromas of truffle, dark stones, coal smoke and intense dark plums and cocoa powder. The palate has an immaculate texture with very bright, velvety tannins, carrying rich dark plums. Plum pudding and Christmas cake to close. Try from 2025."
96 points - Decanter
"It's hard to beat the location of this estate - right opposite Vieux Chateau Certan, in that magic triangle by Le Pin and Petrus. Flavours of cold ash, cedar, liquorice, slate, damson and black cherry are set off with a pulse of minerality. I just love this wine, it's wonderfully rich and expressive. and yet young, poised and held back. A physically exciting wine with tension, making it so easy to recommend."
95 points - Wine Enthusiast
"This estate is in a privileged position, across the road from Chateau Petrus. A rich wine, while keeping a sense of elegance and proportion, with fine acidity and black currant fruit. Fine tannins finish this excellent wine."
94 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 65% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium garnet-purple colored 2016 Certan de May offers up notes of wild blueberries, black cherries and raspberry leaves with hints of black tea, roses and tar. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a wonderful quiet intensity of blue, red and black fruits plus a fine-grained backbone and superb freshness, delivery and very long, mineral-tinged finish.
92 points - Wine Spectator
"Very inviting, with a creamy feel to the mix of damson plum, raspberry and black cherry preserve flavors backed by light anise and floral notes. Delivers a dusting of wood spice and floral hints through the finish. Drink now through 2031. 1,650 cases made."