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1981 Certan de May 750ml
1981 Certan de May
France - Bordeaux - Pomerol
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1981 Certan de May
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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Nearing the end of its active life but this is one of the best 1981s I have tasted from anywhere, still vibrant in 2009.  Fully developed ruby and only medium bodied but with lovely elegance and harmony. Lighter than the Pomerol norm with some dustiness but no shortage of fruit.

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Bordeaux Book(1998) Author: Robert Parker Issue: B1

In a vintage that produced so many austere, spartan-styled wines, Certan de May turned out one of the vintage's stars. The wine has retained a vigor and youthfulness that makes me believe it will be one of the longer-lived examples of the vintage. The color remains a healthy dark ruby with no lightening at the edge. A reticent aroma offers mineral, black cherry, earthy, and spice notes. On the palate, the wine is powerful and rich, somewhat austere, yet remarkably layered, thick Pomerol that is atypical for the vintage. The wine can be drunk now, but it requires another 1-3 years of bottle age.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Ties for first place in this vintage. A blockbuster, yet harmonious. Great dark color with layers of chocolate, olive, berry flavor. Full bodied and tannic but very velvety.

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