Slightly exotic with lots of lush but balanced dark fruit, this is one of the mostseductive of all the Pomerols.
Unfortunately, I don't own this wine, so I couldn't confirm these disappointing tastings with abottle from my cellar, but nothing seemed suspicious in both tastings of the 2000 Certan de May, such as cooked or badly stored wines. There were definitely some herbaceous, mushroomy fruit notes, with some cedar wood and spice box. In the mouth, the leanness, slight austerity, and lack of concentration, texture, and overall quality seemed very obvious in both tastings, conducted about three weeks apart. This is a 2000 where I would have to say my earlier rating was way off.
After several less than stellar performances, the 2000 has turned out well. Aromas of sweet kirsch liqueur intermixed with blackberries, underbrush, and plums jump from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple-colored 2000. Full-bodied, moderately tannic, dense, and structured, with a certain kinky/exotic earthiness, this is the finest Certan de May produced over recent years. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.
70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 3 hl/ha less than 1999. Good colour. Rich, fat, ripe nose. Lovely rich fruit on the palate. Smooth. Ripe tannins. Very good grip. This is rather more serious than his 1998, which I always felt was a bit of a disappointment. Lots of substance here. Lush but with a good backbone to it. Very good indeed. From 2006.
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.
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.