International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102
Ruby-red. Reserved nose hints at bitter cherry, Cuban tobacco and game. Rather powerfully structured but a bit dry-edged, showing more game and tobacco than primary fruit and lacking verve. Finishes a bit dry. As with the 2001, this sample may not be fresh.
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Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/23/2012
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Wow, this was fantastic (to be expected, considered it's one of Petrus' closest neighbors). Super-concentrated and well structured, with generous, deep Merlot fruit. And, at the tender age of 12 it's already beginning to show such tertiary flavors as licorice, fennel and minerals. Yet, all of those flavor compounds are in balance and the wine seems multi-dimensional. Whoever decided which varietals should be grown in this clay soil covered by a layer of gravel really knew what they were doing. The result is a deep, profound, earthy wine that stuns the senses, and could probably be kept until at least 2020. And, at less than $80 a bottle, it's a steal (kind of a mini-Petrus). Well done!
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2012-2025
I have been a fan of Certan de May for some time (for example, the 88 is a serious buy and I have enjoyed every bottle of 82 I have ever tasted). Unfortunately, the 2000 is a relative disappointment. Full black cherry red with a few thick and translucent legs. A gamy nose of plum, light wood, anise, and sandalwood with a touch of Asian spices. Decent concentration allayed with plenty of acidity and tannins ? this wine really needs at least a decade to develop. Adequate length but the wine is missing a mid palate punch. The 2000 lacks the exotic smokiness that the best Certan de Mays have shown. Nonetheless, a well-balanced attractive wine. 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet.
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