2009 Certan de May 750ml

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2009 Certan de May
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International Wine Cellar | 95

Deep purple-ruby. Knockout nose of black cherry, minerals, coffee liqueur and violet offers uncommon depth and complexity. The flavors of blackberry, black plum and minerals are complicated by a note of iron and given wonderful clarity and cut by harmonious, vibrant acidity. Finishes very long and pure, with distinctive balsamic nuances. There's lots of sweet fleshy fruit here but the wine comes across as amazingly refined and graceful thanks to its vibrant acidity, which really extends the flavors at the back. The best young Certan of the last 12 or 15 years. (ID)

Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: Issue 163

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Dark purplish crimson. Heady, sweet, intense nose. Polished and very savoury. Well mannered. Rather old style but with the extra ripeness of the vintage. Chewy end. A bit austere at the moment but there is integrity underneath. Very interesting on the finish. It grows towards the end.

Drink Dates: 2017-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 93+

A bruising, black/purple-hued, full-bodied wine, the 2009 Certan de May displays notes of charcuterie, smoked game, herbs, black truffles, roasted meats, cassis and black cherries. This backward, robustly-styled Pomerol is loaded with tannin as well as extract. Give this full, powerful 2009 a decade of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+ years. I'm sure it is not better than the immortal 1982 Certan de May.

Drink Dates: 2022-2052
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 199

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Wine Spectator | 92

Bright and ripe, with mouthfilling linzer torte and blackberry preserves pushed by black tea and toasty spice. This has the racy grip of the vintage, which builds steadily through the finish. Turns darker and denser with air.

Drink Dates: 2014-2028
Author: James Molesworth


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Score: 90
Author: Horms
Trust Rating: 15
Tasted On: 11/22/2013
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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