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Certan de May 2012

Grape VarietyMerlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2012Certan de MayBT100600.001291 RP12066.66666666666791.0091.00Certan de May0.75
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Tasting Notes

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. Drink: 2015 - 2035

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

Round and easygoing with sweet tannin and early accessibility, the precociously formed 2012 Certan de May exhibits notes of bay leaves, black currants, black cherries and underbrush. Ripe and medium-bodied, it is made somewhat in the style of Latour a Pomerol, but slightly more herbaceous. I liked it for its depth, richness and early drinkability. Consume it over the next 10-12+ years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

Readers will know that I am a huge fan of Chateau Certan-de-May but neither sample of 2012 really held a flame to recent successes. The Certan-de-May has an open-knit bouquet that feels a little diffuse upon first acquaintance: it is not regimented, not focused like previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with a conservative, leafy opening that indicates some lots of fruit not quite at full ripeness. This is a more masculine Certan-de-May and it is missing weight on the finish. I hope that it may improve during its time in barrel. This is one of the few where I may prefer the 2011 over the 2012. Tasted April 2013.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

An attractive sample with lovely floral and berry character. Citrus acidity. Medium-to-full body. The wine builds on the palate with very polished tannins. Delicately fruity with pretty depth.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013

The 2012 Certan de May is spherical and intense in the glass, with no hard edges and plenty of up-front fruit. Black cherry, smoke and mocha are all pushed forward in a dark, sensual wine that will drink well early. At times, the 2012 can feel a bit heavy, but it otherwise is very nicely done. Dark cherry, spice, leather and mocha add the closing shades of nuance. Drink 2017-2032.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016

Vineyard opposite Vieux Château Certan. Greyish dark crimson. Lightly spiced dark fruit, savoury on the nose then sweeter on the palate. Very smooth almost chalky tannins and a hint of stony flavour. Lightish and soft in the middle. Almost too gentle. Too many edges taken off? Too polished? (JH)

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013

This perfectly situated property lies directly opposite Vieux Chateau Certan and close to L'Evangile, La Conseillante, Petrus and Le Pin. There is no doubt that when they get it right here they are capable of producing Pomerol of the highest quality. This 2012 is ripe, round and plummy with rich cherry fruit, a hint of vanilla pod and toasted brioche. Sweet, forward, fleshy and unforced. Charming, creamy and plump. Very attractive Pomerol.

Farr Vintners, March 2013

The mix of bramble and cassis gives freshness on the nose and a bright start to the palate. The mid palate has sweet fruit a good depth of flavour the sweetness rather overtaken by the firmness of the tannins towards the back. 2017-26

Derek Smedley MW, May 2013
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