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Chateau Certan de May takes its name in the Bordeaux wine region from the long standing tradition of honoring the founding owner, the Demay family. The Demay’s were the first owners of the Pomerol property. In the late 1700’s, the vineyards of what is thought of as Vieux Chateau Certan and Certan de May, belonged to one large Pomerol property. The estate was divided after the French Revolution into smaller plots. The Demay family obtained 5 hectares of land that was called Petit-Certan.
The Pomerol vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot , 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon in a single parcel, which is uncommon in Pomerol. The vines are on average, 30 years of age. But they have old vines that with some vines being much older, having survived the frost of 1956. Most of their vineyard is just behind the small chateau and due west of the chateau, which is only a long, stones throw from Petrus and not too far from Lafleur. (The Wine Cellar Inside, March 2017)
Certan de May lies on the famous Pomerol plateau, neighbour to Vieux Château Certan and La Fleur-Pétrus. Its reputation is for extraordinary complexity – due to its complex soils – resulting in a paradoxical balance of power, freshness, rich structure and supreme elegance. The wine is rather decadent and while it can be enjoyed after a few years of cellaring, its structure and natural depth lend it great ageability.
This 2011 is a dense ruby colour. It offers a clayey pure, vibrant almost cocktailed red fruit nose. The palate has a creamy density and generosity, almost succulence to its weight, allied to a dark concentration of structure and fine, fine length. A force with which to be reckoned and then some
18/20 Rene Gabriel