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2005 Ch Certan de May Pomerol

2005 Ch Certan de May Pomerol

Producer: Château Certan de May

Region: Bordeaux > Pomerol

Vintage: 2005

Type: Red

Grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking dates: 2015 - 2030

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Case size: 12x75cl Equiv. price per bottle incl. VAT £67.46

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, April 2006, Score: 93-95
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The finest Certan de May in many years (thanks to the intervention of famed wine consultant Michel Rolland), the dense purple-colored 2005 exhibits notes of camphor, creosote, plums, black cherry liqueur, currants, licorice, and pain grille. Full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated, with good freshness, moderately high tannin, and tremendous persistence as well as depth, this wine should "rock and roll" between 2010-2025.
Robert Parker, April 2007, Score: 93-96
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A brilliant effort, the 2005 is unquestionably the finest Certan de May since the decade of the eighties. A deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by scents of cedar, menthol, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and cassis. The complex, fruit-filled aromatics are backed up by a full-bodied, rich palate with layers of fruit, firm structure, formidable tannin, and a backward style. This sensational Pomerol should prove to be very long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035.
Robert Parker, April 2008, Score: 92
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This property has returned to form following a listless period of irregularity that began after a brilliant succession of top wines in the eighties (1982, 1985, 1986, and 1988). Perhaps the finest wine since that outstanding quartet, the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2005 offers up scents of menthol, black cherries, raspberries, cassis, coffee, and a hint of new saddle leather. Full-bodied and powerful with a firm structure and high, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, this is not a Pomerol for near-term gratification. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.
Jancis Robinson, April 2006, Score: 17
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Dark rusty crimson. Richly scented with even a hint of oak - most unusual on a Moueix wine. Very intense aromas, not especially fruity. Sweet start and very silky texture. Fresh finish. Quite brisk and palate-cleansing. Very slightly astringent on the finish. Drink 2015-27.
Wine Spectator, April 2006, Score: 95-100
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Pure crushed grapes. Incredible nose. Full-bodied, with super concentration and ultraripe tannins. It lasts for minutes. Classy, but muscular. Certan de May is back with force.

Pomerol

The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.

Château Certan de May

Château Certan de May bears the name of a great Scottish family which lived in France from the Middle Ages and in Pomerol from the end of the 16th century. According to local archives, the estate was the first to be authorised by the King to grow vines in Pomerol. At the time of the French Revolution, the estate was then broken up, before finally being taken over by the Barreau-Badar family in 1925. Today, Odette Barreau-Badar runs Certan de May, with the support of her son, Jean-Luc. Château Certan de May is located in the south-eastern part of the famous Pomerol plateau, bordering Vieux-Châteaux Certan and Petrus. The 5 hectares of ancient vines are planted on this exceptional clay-silica terroir. Vine plantings are 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is extremely charming, powerful, fleshy, robust and supple, all at the same time. Ageing is in 40% new oak for up to 16 months. It has a "monumental" structure and is very elegant and rich in aromas.

Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon

The three classic Bordeaux grapes in a combination favoured on the Right Bank of the river, where Merlot thrives. It's ripe, soft fruit and texture is well-balanced by the firmer tannins and distinctive currant fruit of the Cabernets. Notable wines made from this blend are Angelus and Vieux Chateau Certan.

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