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Château Certan de May

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2018 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 95

Sensuous, silky, plush and graceful, this wine hits the spot -- that is if you like velvet texture, dark red berries, chocolate, fresh espresso and truffle in your wine. 94-96 Pts

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2017 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 92

Floral with licorice, truffle, plum and earthy aromatics, the medium bodied, elegant wine is lambskin polished and seemingly right off the vine. The dark fruits offer sweetness coupled with refined textures in the finish.

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2016 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 87

Medium bodied, truffle and cherry filled, forward, easy to like, soft, crowd pleaser. Drink this now, while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop.

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This wine is floral, sensuous, medium bodied, elegant and refined. Instead of weight and density, you'll find more purity, stylishness and clarity. The tannins are silky and there is lift in the finish.

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2015 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 93

Sensuous fresh, sweet, round and supple, this wine feels like silk on your palate. The ripe, plum and cherry notes attention seeking notes in the end stick with you. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 92 - 94 Pts

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2014 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 90

Silky, fresh, sweet, medium bodied and already showing a soft, sensuous quality with plumy fruits at its core, this wine will drink well early. 89-91 Pts

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2013 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 89

With kirsch, cherry griotte and earth on the nose, this soft, forward wine has ruby color and medium body, ending with clean, spicy plum character. 88-90 Pts

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2012 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 92

Flowers, chocolate, sweet plum and black raspberry notes, lead to a silky, smooth, refined, elegant wine that will improve with age.

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Flowers, earth, licorice, oak and cherry liqueur create the complex aromatics. On the palate the wine is plush, polished and round with spicy red berries in the finish. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 90

Medium bodied, soft, silky, earthy and fresh, the bright, red toned fruit shines through in this medium bodied, soft, ready to drink wine.

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Deep ruby in color with earth, truffle, cherry blossom and cocoa scents, supple texture with polished, fresh plum and cherry sensations in the finish. 92-93 Pts

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2010 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 92

Medium bodied, soft, elegant, fresh and loaded with red and black plums, light truffle and cocoa overtones, this refined wine is ready to go with just a splash decant.

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Elegant, soft, smooth and refined, with a fresh plum, black cherry and earthy character. Give this a few more years to develop additional complexities. The wine was made from blending 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc.

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Sensuous, round and plummy, the wine is packed with ripe cherries, plum, chocolate, floral and coffee bean notes. Soft and silky, drink it young if you must, or age it for a real treat.

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Certan de May Tuffles, flowers, blackberry and plum aromas meld with supple textures and round tannins that end in a soft, chocolate, black cherry finish 91-93 Pts

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2009 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 94

The distinct floral edge shines brightly here. Silky, soft, refined and sensuous, the medium bodied show-stopper is dripping with truffle infused plums, cherry and bitter chocolate. This is quite nice to drink today, and it is only going to get better over the next decade or longer.

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Walk into your flower store with a bag of truffles and box of cherries you get an idea about how good this smells. Add the sweet, pure, fresh black raspberries, kirsch and licorice and you're caught up with the taste. Finish everything with sexy, opulent, finesse styled textures and you're good to go. For a Pomerol at this level of quality, from a legendary vintage, it's worth buying.

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2008 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 91

Truffle, cocoa powder, violets and cherries grab your focus. The soft, silky textures and sweet, fresh, red berries leave a good impression on your palate. This seems like it's going to get even better with age.

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Flowers, earth, black cherry and leafy aromas are easy to find. Medium bodied and showing a touch of green from slightly under ripe berries, the wine needs more time to flesh out and develop.

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08 Château Certan de May lacks concentration, but still shows a lot of rich, velvety black fruit, flowers, and spice on the nose. An elegantly styled wine that finishes with a big dose of plummy chocolate. 88-91 Pts

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2006 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 92

This could turn out better than the 2005, with its structured style, fresh, juicy ripe, blackberry and plum, chocolate and truffle personality. Rich, concentrated and broad shouldered, structured, with tannins to age, I’d wait until 2020 before starting to open my bottles.

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2005 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 92

Plum, truffle, chocolate and earthy scents open to a concentrated, rich, a plush textured wine filled with fresh plum and black cherries. Structured to age, give this until at least 2015 before you start popping a cork on this delicious Pomerol.

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This was my first taste of the 2005 Certan de May and I was excited the moment I caught a whiff of all the floral notes, cocoa, black cherry, smoke, earth and chocolate covered plum scents. Rich, supple, round and built to age, this is an exciting, sensuous, silky Pomerol. Give it another 5-8 years and enjoy the fireworks. This has not moved in price since it was offered a future. For a Pomerol of this quality, it's well worth the current tariff.

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2004 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 90

Medium bodied, earthy and filled with plums, mocha and earth, this soft, round wine is ready for prime time drinking.

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2001 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 89

Elegant, medium bodied, bordering on the light side of the style range, this Pomerol wine is already mature and lacks the stuffing for further development. Dominated by bright, red cherries and earth, I'd drink this over the next 5 years to preserve the rest of the fruit.

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2000 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 87

Showing not quite as well as it did the last time I tasted it, the light fruit is starting to fade. Drink this crisp, bright red berry centered wine sooner than later.

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Already developing secondary characteristics with its truffle, chocolate and plum aromatics. The wine was medium bodied and lightly textured. The tannins did not feel fully ripe.

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1998 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 87

This light Pomerol is dominated by bright red fruits, herbs and earth, finishing with a tart, earthy, spicy, red berry finish. This requires consumption as it's probably going to drop more fruit sooner than later. From such a good vintage, it was a disappointment.

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1995 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 89

This Bordeaux wine offers an earthy, black fruit, tobacco and spice nose. Medium/full bodied and with a hint of austerity, the already mature wine ends with soft dark and red fruits along with a hint of green flavors. This is not my favorite style of Pomerol due to its hard edges. This should probably be drunk up sooner than later.

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With some fruit and aromatics, this medium bodied wine is not without merit. But if you're looking for a true Pomerol experience, this vintage of Certan de May is not going to deliver it.

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1990 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 88

Nice, but clearly slowing fading. Better on the complex, earthy nose than on the medium bodied palate. This requires consumption over the next few years.

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Already fully mature and surprisingly light for the vintage, the herbal, spicy, blackberry nose is the best part of the wine. The light entry and short finish are nothing to get excited about. Drink up.

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1988 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 93

Truffle city, with black cherries, earth and cocoa to add to the fun. Medium/full bodied, with soft, smooth textures and a mix of truffle and cherry in the finish. Fully mature, if you're sitting on some of this, drink up. It's not getting any better from here.

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Working my way through a case of this wine purchased all those years ago. This was the best bottle I recall having in a while. Light red in color, this medium bodied, soft wine offers a nose of floral, cherry and truffle notes. Smooth and easy on the palate, the spicy, black raspberry and earthy notes carry through. Though this was fresher than previous bottles tasted, there is no reason to age this further.

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Starting to fade from its peak, with little effort, mature aromas of truffle, forest floor, cherries, earth and spice are easy to find. Soft, with a slight rustic edge to the texture, the wine finishes with sweet, red, spice cherries and hints of dark chocolate. I'm planning on drinking my remaining bottles over the next 3 - 5 years.

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Trumpets and violins may have been calling Jimi's name in the distance, but truffles and violets were looking for me in this delicious, mature Pomerol. Further complicating matters, chocolate, earth, plums, coco, coffee, blackberry and leather that reminded me of an old baseball mitt. Soft, lush, round, opulent chocolate covered black plums felt smooth on your palate. This elegant wine finished with more chocolate, plum, cherry and strawberry jam sensations. This is fully mature, but well stored examples should deliver this much pleasure for at least 3-5 more years. This is bottle number 6 from an original case. The previous bottle was not at this level. But this bottle of Pomerol was beautiful.

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1986 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 87

I remember how this wine showed years ago. The last decade has not been nice to this previously charming wine. The tough, tannic side of the vintage shows through giving the wine a rustic mouth feel. There is fruit to be found, but the austere character will probably become more pronounced with additional bottle age.

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1985 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 93

The best bottle of this I've had in ages showed off its truffle, cherry, wet earth and forest aromatics with little effort. Medium bodied, fresh, silky and charming, the finish was focused on its sweet, fresh, earthy plum and cherry fruit. No further aging and a simple, splash decant is all that's needed here.

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Fully mature, with an attention seeking nose of truffle, tobacco, plums and cherries, this medium/full bodied, elegant wine should be consumed as it's not going to improve.

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Earth, truffle, plums, spice and wet leaves fill your nose. Rich, concentrated and filled with chocolate covered plums and blackberries in the mouth. Silk and velvet texture. A long finish leaves you wanting more.

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This ruby colored wine delivers aromatics with a blend of tea, cassis, plums, spices and forest scents. In the mouth, layers of sexy, ripe black fruits awaken your senses. Velvety and plush with a long, spicy, fruit filled finish

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1982 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 94

Refined, elegant, sweet, fresh red cherries, truffle and a hint of dark chocolate in its character, that pairs well with its silky, texture. There is no need to age this any longer.

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Nice, old school Pomerol with soft, but slightly rustic textures, sweet, earthy red fruits and round finish. Not as concentrated as other bottles I've tasted, this still showed a lot of charm.

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Rustic, old school style of Pomerol. There is a lot of fruit, and compelling, earth, truffle and plum aromatics, but this is not a soft, sexy, polished Pomerol. It's on the traditional side of the style range. Still young, I am sure this will have a long life. You should just know what you're getting in the style of the wine.

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This delicious Pomerol opens with truffle, licorice, spice box, plum, forest floor, cocoa and tobacco scents. Plush, round and supple in texture, with ample concentration of flavor, this is only now beginning to reveal it's charms at close to 30 years of age! The wine ends with chocolate covered black plums, spice black cherry.

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Licorice, coffee, spices and toasty oak married well with the fruit. Tannic. High acid? 95 Pt nose, 85 Pt palate splits the difference at 90 Pts.

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1979 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 90

The palate displays Black fruit, Plums and Strawberries with a silky finish. This is also at its peak and will not improve

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1975 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 89

Spicy plums and earthy notes are easy to find in the aromatics. Austere in style, this traditionally styled, brawny, masculine Pomerol is big in style, but the length of the finish does not carry through.

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1970 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 80

This hit prime time years ago. By the time Duran Duran was topping the charts, I imagine this wine was already slipping into senility. For lovers of tart, tannic, fruitless, charmless, light bodied wine with complex aromatics and no fruit, this wine is for you.

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1937 Château Certan de May  (Pomerol) 83

Brick in color, with orange accents, the wine offers cocoa, red cherries, smoke, tobacco and spice in the nose. The perfume is definitely more interesting than than fading, tart, cranberry and pomegranate palate.

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