Château Certan de May Pomerol 2012

158.00 SGD

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Sommelier's Notes

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.


From proprietress Odette Barrau-Badar, this vineyard, which is fabulously located just adjacent to Vieux Château Certan, Petrus and La Fleur Petrus, has produced a 2012 with a dark plum/purple color. There is often considerable Cabernet Franc in this blend, and I think that comes through in this wine with its notes of forest floor, earth and spice. It is fragrant, medium to full-bodied, rich and savory. This is another meaty, concentrated, very successful 2012 Pomerol It should drink well for 20 or more years.

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REGION: Bordeaux - AOC Pomerol
Appellation: Pomerol
Region: Bordeaux - AOC Pomerol
Estate: Château Certan de May
Grapes: Merlot
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Specifications
dark plum/purple color
There is often considerable Cabernet Franc in this blend, and I think that comes through in this wine with its notes of forest floor, earth and spice.
It is fragrant, medium to full-bodied, rich and savory.
16 C
Meats, Beef and Venison
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