1979 Certan de May 750ml

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1979 Certan de May
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Bordeaux Book(1998) | 93

One of the two finest wines of Pomerol in 1979, Certan de May's effort has continued to provide exciting drinking. Still a thick garnet color with some amber at the edge, this wine offers a flamboyant nose of roasted herbs, sweet, jammy fruit, earth, minerals, smoke, and meat. In the mouth, this surprisingly full-bodied, intense, rich, and concentrated wine has shed most of its tannin, yet retains remarkable freshness and palate presence. Last tasted 9/97

Drink Dates: 1997-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: B1

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Wine Spectator | 90

Author: James Suckling


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More Vintages and Sizes of Certan de May:

1982 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chateau Certan-de-May is situated on the plateau of Pomerol on the right bank of the Gironde Estuary. Its neighbors include Vieux-Chateaux Certan, Petrus, and Le Pin. The chateau's name comes from a Scottish family who settled in Pomerol during the 17th century. The estate produces about 2,000 cases a year from clay soil and gravel-covered vineyards. The wine's blend is made of 70% Merlot and the rest consists of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since 1974, the property has been run by Mme. Bareau-Bader and her son. The style of the wine is very big and concentrated, which stems from its vinification process. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel, followed by up to a month's maceration before aging in new oak barrels. The best vintages of Chateau Certan-de-May can age for more than twenty years.

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