2010 Certan de May, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Shows stunning depth and drive, with a deep well of blackberry and plum sauce and a lush structure. Superlong, with spice and anise echoing on. A tremendous young wine in the making. Tasted non-blind. (Web-2011)
Beautiful dense nose with polished dark fruit, leather and wet forest floor. Coffee, sweet tobacco, and Seville orange. Full-bodied and intense on the palate with polished tannins and deep layered texture. Give it four or five years of bottle age to soften. So gorgeous already.
With huge tannins, very dark fruits, powerful and concentrated. The wine is ripe, juicy and firmly tannic.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright red-ruby. Wild, old-school aromas of spicecake, loam, game and caramel, with a floral element emerging with air. Then sweeter in the mouth, with dark raspberry and beefsteak tomato merlot notes complicated by blueberry and minerals from the cabernet franc component. Finishes fine-grained, suave and dry, with very good spine. This one will need patience. 92(+?) points.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91+ points. Chocolaty, cedary and Christmas fruitcake notes along with some oak, damp earth and forest floor are present in this full-bodied, masculine style of Pomerol, which has a dense ruby/purple color and is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The wine has a nice chewiness to it and is powerful and muscular, but not quite as silky or complex as some of the other top wines of this appellation. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following 25.
Dark purplish crimson. Heady, sweet, purple berries on the nose. The finish is dry but this is the closest that the Moueix Pomerols come to lusciousness and any obvious oak influence. A little bit sweet and oaky at the moment with a bit of stringiness on the finish.
Coffee and tobacco aromas. Good entry, though tough on the back palate.