2008 Certan de May, Pomerol
It may seem surprisingly light to begin with. But this wine has depth, richness, hinting at wood straining through the sweet fruit. It is firm, fresh, but properly tannic.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright red-ruby. Complex nose melds dark fruits, licorice, flowers, mint, camphor and medicinal herbs. Youthfully clenched and seriously structured wine, with sweet dark berry fruit currently dominated by solid tannins. Quite backward and long on the aftertaste. Lay this one down.
Muscular and solid, perhaps a bit chunky now, this big red shows toast, coffee and loam notes over a core of black cherry and fig flavors that struggle to emerge from gripping tannins. There's purity and depth that bode well. Best from 2014 through 2022.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This potentially outstanding, dark ruby/plum-tinged 2008 reveals notes of caramel, cedarwood, herbs, earth, foresty and red as well as black fruits, excellent to outstanding density and medium body. The tannins remain elevated so this offering will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. It should last for 15+ years. (89+)
94 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. Now, this is a great Certan-de-May. The nose demands a great deal of coaxing from the glass: mulberry, wild strawberry, bright red cherry and crushed stone, opening up nicely but very gradually with aeration as if teasing you. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannins. Very focused, classy, tight but destined to give pleasure after ten years in bottle. Tasted January 2012." (05/2012)