2021 - Ch Certan de May Pomerol
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Certan de May
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Case size
6x75cl
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2021 CH CERTAN DE MAY POMEROL - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Certan de May
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £485.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2021 Certan de May shows promise, offering up aromas of sweet cherries and berries mingled with hints of violets, rose petals and nicely integrated new oak. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and fleshy, with lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins, I suspect it will flesh out with further élevage to become even more impressive. The blend incorporates fully 37% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, a figure that reflects the vintage (which favored these varieties) as well as a tendency to replant with Cabernet rather than Merlot over the last decade.

  • JA

    Jane Anson, April 2022,
    Score: 92

    Ripe black cherry fruits, enjoyable, well balanced with a rich texture and maintains form and momentum through the palate. The bitter black chocolate on the finish is definitely part of the character of the vintage in Pomerol, but the best make it part of a wider array of delicous flavours, as they do here. Harvest September 27 to October 11. Clay gravel soils.

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Producer

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.

Region

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.