Certan de May 2014


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Tasting Notes

So much blackberry, stone, dried-mushroom and wet-earth character on then nose. Yet it’s a wine that remains clear and focused. Medium-to full-bodied, linear and tannic. A serious wine. Best in years from here. Better in 2022.

Score: 95James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

This is very long with chewy tannins and lots of fruit. Full and juicy with a wonderful length. Lasts a long time. Best in years from here.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2015

The 2014 Certan de May offers terrific depth and intensity, although it is very much closed in on itself. Dark cherry, tobacco, cedar, mint, licorice and dried flowers gain volume over time. Deceptively medium in body, the 2014 has plenty of underlying tannin as well as enough acidity to drink well for a number of years.

Score: 94+Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017

Tasted blind. Rich, sweet, opulent but not one of the freshest. Slightly hot finish. Second bottle was more appealing. Clean. But not a standout.
Drink 2023-2035

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018

Dark blackish crimson. Heady, classic friendly Pomerol. Already relatively open on the nose. Mulberries and roundness. Light to medium weight. Not the most ambitious but a friendly beacon for traditionalists. A slightly bitter note on the end.
Drink 2022-2035

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015

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. the hit and miss nature of recent vintages means that pricing is relatively modest for such a great terroir. medium purple colour. a lush creamy seductiveness on the nose. plump, plummy fruit with elegant overlay of plush french wood. creme de cassis and vanilla, with a lovely purity and freshness from acidity. really silky texture from the refined tannins. svelte and light over the palate. a harmonious and soft finish.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, March 2015

Falling under the Moueix umbrella and based on 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Certan de May comes from a top terroir situation between La Fleur Petrus, Petrus, and Vieux Château Certan, certainly good neighbors to have. It’s a beauty offering medium to full-bodied terrific notes of black cherries, underbrush, spice and dried earth. With fine tannin, nicely integrated acidity, loads of character, and moderate tannin, it’s unquestionably an outstanding wine to drink over the coming two decades. 2018 - 2038

Score: 90Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Shows a perfumy profile, with rooibos tea, blood orange and warm raspberry coulis notes leading the way. The structure marries a silky and fine-grained wood feel, letting the fruit smolder through the finish.

Score: 91/94James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

Bright on the nose the predominantly red fruits are fresh the palate though richer with ripe black plum some cassis ripe tannins adding to the mid suppleness. The sweetness on the back palate gives way to freshness on the finish. 2019-29

Score: 87/91Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

The oak is more prominent here than on many of the J-P Moueix wines, but should integrate with time. Firm and serious on the palate, with plenty of supporting acidity, this has notes of plum and dried herbs and a thick core of tannins.

Score: 92Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015

Score: 89Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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