1986 Certan de May 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pomerol/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WS 93   RP 90   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

The plum and coffee aromas and flavors merge nicely with the toast and vanilla overtones from good oak barrels. Harmonious and elegant now, it can develop only more nuances with age. Should begin to come into its own by 1996.

Drink Dates: 1996+

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Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 90

This wine is beginning to reveal ruby/orange at its edge. The nose of distinctive weedy, black currant, tobacco-singed, smoky, oaky, and herb scents is followed by a structured, medium to full-bodied wine without the fat and flesh it exhibited a few years ago. Nevertheless, it possesses considerable vitality, muscle, and richness. This 1986 is behaving more like a Medoc than a Pomerol, and requires a few more years of cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: jab
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/01/2007
Drink Dates: 2007-2010
good. not as special as the lynch badges. lot's of tanins

Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews
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225 bottles owned by 54 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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