Robert Parker 91
The 2018 Certan de May is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sporting a medium to deep garnet-purple color, it features notes of black cherry compote, black raspberries and plum preserves, plus suggestions of underbrush, Sichuan pepper, dried Provence herbs and cedar chest. The elegantly styled, medium-bodied palate is filled with expressive black berry and earthy layers, supported by grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2035
70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barrel sample. Deep crimson. Intense pure sweet and sour cherries on the nose, amazing fruit intensity and openness on the nose, with a slight charry dark-fruited overlay. Fresh and silky on the palate, finely textured, lithe and surprisingly juicy on the finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2032
The 2018 Certan de May has come together nicely over the last nearly two years. Some of the more angular edges has soften. Today, what comes through is an attractive Pomerol laced with hints of red, purplish fruit, lavender and spice. There is good depth to the 2018 if not quite the complexity or nuance of the best wines in the appellation. Overall, Certan de May is fruity and rather one dimensional. Drink it over the next two decades, give or take.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2038