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Chateau Certan de May 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

Remarkably rich and concentrated. An enormous bouquet of spices, vanilla, oak, ripe rich black currants, and plums. Should be upgraded to second growth.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Firm and concentrated, this wine has great structure and density along with acidity and berry flavor. There is an attractive final spicy element.
Barrel Sample: 92-94 Points
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Hints of bay leaf, creme de cassis, incense, damp earth and graphite are present in this ripe, medium to full-bodied, soft, evolved Pomerol. Deep plum/crimson, it should drink nicely for 12-15+ years.
Barrel Sample: 89-91 Points
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Shows a slight edge, with charcoal, game and tobacco notes out front. The core of steeped fig and macerated black currant fruit is studded with ganache and waits in reserve. Reveals a smoldering edge on the finish, offering a flicker of game. Best from 2016 through 2023.
JS 90
James Suckling
The aromas in this 2011 are impressive, with flowers, plums and currants. Full body with velvety tannins and pretty, ripe, juicy fruit. A tad hollow in the center palate but it doesn’t matter - still outstanding.
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Chateau Certan de May

Chateau Certan de May

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Chateau Certan de May, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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The origins of Château Certan de May date back to the very beginnings of Pomerol. The de May family, who settled in France from Scotland in the Middle Ages, were gifted the property by royal decree in the 16th century as a gesture of thanks for ser- vices rendered to the crown of France. The estate began producing wine in the 18th century and was managed by descendants of the de May de Certans until 1925, when it passed to the Barreau family.

Situated on Pomerol’s prized central plateau, surrounded by illustrious neighbors such as Vieux Château Certan and La Fleur-Pétrus, Château Certan de May has long been considered one of the finest estates of the appellation.

The wines owe their complexity to the vineyard’s soil composition, a combination of clay and gravel that bring together power and elegance, structure and freshness. The balance of the wines from Château Certan de May illustrates the unique complemen- tarity of these terroirs.

Owner Jean-Luc Barreau applies all of his care and attention to producing a wine in the great tradition of his forebears. Vinified under the guidance of renowned consultants Michel Rolland until 2012 and Jean-Claude Berrouet since the 2013 vintage, Château Certan de May benefits from the best winemaking know-how. The wine is rich, powerful, complex; while it can be enjoyed after a few years of cellaring, its structure and natural depth lend it great ageability.

MMDFCERTMAY_2011 Item# 129117