2000 Certan de May 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pomerol/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2000 Certan de May
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International Wine Cellar | 87-90?

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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 91

After several less than stellar performances, the 2000 has turned out well. Aromas of sweet kirsch liqueur intermixed with blackberries, underbrush, and plums jump from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple-colored 2000. Full-bodied, moderately tannic, dense, and structured, with a certain kinky/exotic earthiness, this is the finest Certan de May produced over recent years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 146

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Wine Spectator | 91

Aromas of chocolate, berry and flowers follow through to full-bodied palate, with firm and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is a muscular wine that slowly builds on your palate. Slightly funky, but I like it. Needs lots of bottle age. Excellent Certan de May.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 95
Author: PurpleTeeth
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!
Score: 90
Author: Daniel B
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.
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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