- Château Certan de May
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2024 - 2038
- Case size
- Available Later
Goedhuis, April 2019,
Bright blueberry aromas, this is a very harmonious wine, with a light sweetness of fruit and charismatic freshness. Hints of arabica coffee bean and fresh vanilla. Masses of appeal and very rewarding.
Antonio Galloni, May 2019,
The 2018 Certan de May is a potent, brooding wine. Elevated ripeness and big tannins are two of the signatures in this decidedly ample, potent Pomerol. It will be interesting to see where élevage takes the 2018. Today, my impression is that Certan de May is one of the more pushed Pomerols of the vintage. Time will tell.
Wine Advocate, April 2019,
The 2018 Certan de May is composed of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it sings of red cherry compote, redcurrant jelly and black raspberries with nuances of potpourri, fallen leaves, tapenade and cinnamon toast plus a waft of cigar box. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a wonderfully plush texture and seamless freshness supporting the generous fruit, finishing long with a spicy kick.
James Suckling, April 2019,
Decanter, April 2019,
This is serious and very good quality, less seductive than some Pomerols, focusing instead on elegance and gentle spice but it has pretty high floral aromatics – more than on many, with the Cabernet Franc already clearly playing its role. It’s definitely one to age. There are clay and deep gravels at this lovely estate located directly opposite Vieux Château Certan. The new winery should be ready for the 2019 vintage. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040
Matthew Jukes, April 2019,
The perfume on this wine is superb, parading red fruit and spice and the palate is bright and sonorous, too. The tannins are firm and defensive and this is to be expected. There is a fairly large whack of oak here and the palate is somewhat dry on the finish, but this is a successful vintage for Certan de May.
Wine Spectator, April 2019,
Offers a nice display of fruit, with cassis, boysenberry and plum flavors all wrapped together. The ample structure is polished and integrated. Anise details flash on the finish. Well-built.
Julia Harding, April 2019,
Deep crimson. Intense pure sweet and sour cherries on the nose, amazing fruit intensity and openness on the nose, with a slight charry dark-fruited overlay. Fresh and silky on the palate, finely textured, lithe and surprisingly juicy on the finish. Drink 2023-2032
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.
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.