This is really powerful with big tannins and strong acidity. Full and intense. A wine for long-term aging yet one that offers accessibility at the same time. This estate is on a roll now.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Certan de May is powerful and dense in the glass. Dark tonalities of fruit and a sense of gravitas are two of the signatures. This is an especially vertical, baritone expression of Pomerol. Dark spice, lavender, leather and licorice infuse the dark, potent finish. The 2016 delivers serious flavor intensity while retaining its super classic midweight sense of structure.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
The 2016 Certan de May was disappointingly skinny when I tasted it from barrel. It has put on weight during its élevage, as one expects, but trust me, this is not up there with the greatest wines from Certan de May. The bouquet is pleasant but does not go that extra mile, coming across a little green around the edges and missing some vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite supple tannins and well-judged acidity. I appreciate the freshness here, but this does not deliver the complexity or terroir expression of the best vintages, or even some of its great successes in the 2000s. I know this Pomerol can do better. Drink 2021-2035
|Score: 88||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Certan de May is a blend of 65% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a perfumed bouquet with bright red fruit laced with wilted rose petals, the oak nicely integrated, although it just lacks a little complexity compared to other recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied and felt rather "skinny" on the entry with some hardness to the tannin. Linear and austere, this is a perplexing showing of a Pomerol that I have a lot of time for, continuing a patchy run of form.
Drink Date 2020 - 2035
|Score: 86/88||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
A blend of 65% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium garnet-purple colored 2016 Certan de May offers up notes of wild blueberries, black cherries and raspberry leaves with hints of black tea, roses and tar. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a wonderful quiet intensity of blue, red and black fruits plus a fine-grained backbone and superb freshness, delivery and very long, mineral-tinged finish. 2019 - 2040
|Score: 94+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018|
A deeply intense and plush Pomerol with immaculately ripe fruit and tannins. So well executed with aromas of truffle, dark stones, coal smoke and intense dark plums and cocoa powder. The palate has an immaculate texture with very bright, velvety tannins, carrying rich dark plums. Plum pudding and Christmas cake to close. Try from 2025.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
The 2016 Certan de May is a powerful, dense wine, just as it was en primeur. A blast of grilled herbs, leather, smoke, tobacco, licorice and dark-fleshed fruits makes a strong opening statement. Potent and strap in feel, Certan de May shows the more virile side of Pomerol. The profile is decidedly sepia-toned. Readers should plan on being patient with the 2016. It is a jewel of a wine that just needs bottle age to be at its best. Drink 2026-2046.
|Score: 95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
Dark crimson. Particularly rich, curranty nose. Really quite intense. And then on the palate it's all freshness and light. Should be a long-distance runner. Lots of sinew.
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
This perfectly situated 5.5 hectare 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. However quality was rather hit and miss in the past. The good news is that legendary Pomerol winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet is now overseeing the winemaking. The vineyard is planted with 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2016 the blend is 65% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Crunchy with cherry fruit and dried cranberries, the palate is quite minty and spicy, with polished tannins and hints of liquorice. Herbal and floral on the finish, this is fine, elegant and will likely be one of the more approachable wines in 2016.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, February 2017|
The fruit on the nose is sweet and ripe the palate has black plum richness. Fleshy and supple in the middle yet there is underlying bramble freshness lighter at the back the finish has depth of fruit rich and ripe. 2026-36
|Score: 88/90||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Well situated on the plateau of Pomerol, with a combination of clay and gravel soils, this is very fine and well balanced in 2016, with a lightness of touch that is beguiling. Fresh and grassy with crunchy acidity and fine-grained tannins. 2022-32
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
This is a little more stately and measured than some, with ground coffee and deep extraction of blackberry and bilberry. There is slightly less vibrancy running through the palate, but it remains a solidly impressive wine. 65% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon from clay and deep gravel.
|Score: 91||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|