I liked this wine better from cask as it appears to have dried out quickly, which is a danger with many of these 2007s. Currently, the wine is very tannic, the extraction seems pushed, and the fruit appears to have fallen out. Nevertheless, there are attractive plum, earth, and spice characteristics in the complex aromatics, but lean, austere tannins kick in in the mouth. It has not turned out as well as I had hoped.
Tasted at BI Wine Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Certan de May was rather disappointing on the nose compared to previous showings, seeming to have lost some of its fruitiness, replaced by tertiary, mushroom-like aromas that lack some delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, moderate acidity, quite masculine with some dryness creeping in on the attenuated finish. I would consume bottles in the near future. Tasted February 2017. 86/100. Drink 2017-2022
Extremely deep purple. Obviously ripe fruit (black fruit flavours) but with attractive fragrance too. Mouthfilling, very supple on the palate relatively low in acidity. This is pretty flashy. I'ddrink it fairly young because of the low acid, though the tannins will have to settle down first. Drink 2011-18.
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.