- Château Certan de May
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
- Case size
- En Primeur
Wine Advocate, May 2021,
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Certan de May gives up compelling notes of ripe, juicy black plums, fresh blackberries and black cherry compote, plus suggestions of lavender, wild sage and clove oil. The medium to full-bodied palate is softly textured with bags of freshness framing the generous black fruits, finishing on a savory note. Drin 2024-2038
Decanter, May 2021,
This is pretty sombre, with a more Left Bank feel than many, really get the savoury and pared back dark berry feel of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, ensuring that the pressure from the tannins is to the fore. As it relaxes in the glass, a grilled coffee bean and liquorice note comes out. This is a lovely and powerful wine that takes its foot off the pedal at the right moment. Has personality and sets itself apart. Really enjoyable, in the Gazin-style in that this is subtly powerful rather than over-exuberant. New cellars at Certan de May, harvest of Merlot September 11 to 16, and the two Cabernets September 28 and 29. Drink 2026-2042 (JA)
Goedhuis, April 2021,
70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon Neighbouring Vieux Château Certan and La Fleur Petrus, this is most definitely one of the most exciting Pomerols of the vintage. It just oozes class and highlights the great skill of Jean Claude Berrouet as one of the Right Bank’s greatest winemakers. A lovely combination of both red fruits, with characters of pomegranate and fresh currant, and smoky dark cherries on the nose. This wine just flows through the palate from start to finish. The lace-like tannins are almost misleading in their subtlety as there is most certainly no shortage of power here. There is a joyous touch of freshness on the finish, to give great lift and nuance. Very fine and very complex
James Suckling, April 2021,
This very refined with polished, chewy tannins and black olives. Medium-to full-bodied, the tannins are chiseled and energetic. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 25% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
The first thing you notice is the pronounced note of cinnamon followed by toast, plums, wet earth, violets and dark cocoa. Deeply colored, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, silky, fresh, lifted and polished. The spicy finish, with its refined cherries and plums is long, vibrant and sensuous. This will age and evolve for at least 2 decades or more with little effort.
Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
Deep and reserved at present but a dark-fruit nuance and the aromatic complexity is there. Vibrant palate, fine and persistent, the tannins building in a linear way. Lovely balance and freshness. Real wine with ageing potential. Could be the best yet. (JL) Drink 2027 – 2045
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
A terrific showing from this estate, the 2020 Château Certan De May offers a dense, medium to full-bodied, perfectly ripe style that carries chalky tannins as well as notes of darker cassis and berry fruits intermixed with violets and chocolate. It stays nicely balanced on the palate and should drink well right out of the gate.
Matthew Jukes, MAy 2021,
This is a splendid effort from Certan de May with plush, black cherry fruit and a long, controlled finish. Keeping everything nice and balanced throughout the flavour this is one of a handful of Pomerols that doesn’t feel the need to show off concentrated fruit preferring to allow us to experience a true medium-weight wine with just the right degree of intensity.
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.