Chateau Certan De May Pomerol 2004

Chateau Certan De May Pomerol 2004

$169.00

Tannic, rough-hewn, and backward, but also dense and promising, this dark plum/purple-tinged 2004 offers notes of forest floor, roasted herbs, asphalt, sweet black cherries, and minerals. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied..

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Source: 171, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 29th Jun 2007(RP-89+)

Tannic, rough-hewn, and backward, but also dense and promising, this dark plum/purple-tinged 2004 offers notes of forest floor, roasted herbs, asphalt, sweet black cherries, and minerals. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied, tannic, muscular Pomerol that requires 3-4 years of bottle age. It should drink well for 15+ years.
Drink Date: 2007 - 2022

Source: Winemaker,

Appellation: Pomerol
Owner: EARL Certan de May
Consultant: Jean-Claude Berrouet
Vineyard size: 5.5 hectares (13.5 acres)
Soil Types: Clay and deep gravel
Vineyard Grape Varietals: 70% Merlot - 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Average Vine Age: 35 years
Viticulture: Vine growth management adapted to the climatic conditions
Harvest: Manual
Winemaking: Traditional, in thermo-regulated tanks
Aging: 16-20 months in oak barrels (80% new)

History

The origins of Chateau Certan de May date back to the very beginnings of Pomerol. The de May family, who settled in France from Scotland in the Middle Ages, were gifted the property by royal decree in the 16th century as a gesture of thanks for services rendered to the crown of France. The estate began producing wine in the 18th
century and was managed by descendants of the de May de Certans until 1925, when it passed to the Barreau family. Situated on Pomerol’s prized central plateau, surrounded by illustrious neighbors such as Vieux Chateau Certan and La Fleur-Petrus, Chateau Certan de May has long been considered one of the finest estates of the appellation. The wines owe their complexity to the vineyard’s soil composition, a combination of clay and gravel that bring together power and elegance, structure and freshness. The balance of the wines from Chateau Certan de May illustrates the unique complementarity of these terroirs. Owner Jean-Luc Barreau applies all of his care and attention to producing a wine in the great tradition of his forebears. Vinified under the guidance of renowned consultants Michel Rolland until 2012 and Jean-Claude Berrouet since the 2013 vintage, Chateau Certan de May benefits from the best winemaking know-how. The wine is rich, powerful, complex; while it can be enjoyed after a few years of cellaring, its structure and natural depth lend it great ageability.

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