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2018 Certan de May, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407925 95-96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The finesse and density to this young Pomerol is certainly impressive with gorgeous plum and floral character, full body and a very long and caressing finish. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers a nice display of fruit, with cassis, boysenberry and plum flavors all wrapped together. The ample structure is polished and integrated. Anise details flash on the finish. Well-built. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. (JM, Web only-2019) Inner quote mark

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Certan de May is composed of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it sings of red cherry compote, redcurrant jelly and black raspberries with nuances of potpourri, fallen leaves, tapenade and cinnamon toast plus a waft of cigar box. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a wonderfully plush texture and seamless freshness supporting the generous fruit, finishing long with a spicy kick. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a rich wine with 30% of the blend made up of Cabernets. The palate balances a strongly tannic texture with plenty of fresh acidity, which will allow this fine wine to age. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is serious and very good quality, less seductive than some Pomerols, focusing instead on elegance and gentle spice but it has pretty high floral aromatics – more than on many, with the Cabernet Franc already clearly playing its role. It’s definitely one to age. There are clay and deep gravels at this lovely estate located directly opposite Vieux Château Certan. The new winery should be ready for the 2019 vintage. (JA) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of the inkier colored wines in the Moueix portfolio, the 2018 Château Certan De May checks in as 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Offering a beautiful blueberry fruit component as well as graphite and subtle minerality, it's youthful and unevolved on the palate yet has medium to full body, present tannins, and good overall purity. It's going to need 3-4 years of bottle age, but this is another beautiful wine and possibly one of the finest to date from this château. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

90-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Certan de May is a potent, brooding wine. Elevated ripeness and big tannins are two of the signatures in this decidedly ample, potent Pomerol. It will be interesting to see where élevage takes the 2018. Today, my impression is that Certan de May is one of the more pushed Pomerols of the vintage. Time will tell. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 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) 16.5+/20 Inner quote mark (4/2019)

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