Château Certan de May Pomerol 2016
Only 5.5 hectares in size. The subsoil consists of clay with deep gravel above it. 65% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. The high proportion of Cabernet is naturally due to the high proportion of gravel. This is the direct neighbor of Vieux Chateau Certan, which often has a similarly fine Cabernet orientation. This year VCC is significantly more on Merlot. Here they stayed with the more classic Cabernet orientation because the Cabernet, as soon as it was well supplied with water, i.e. depending on the soil on which it stood, had an outstanding year in 2016. Certan de May was more lucky with Cabernet this year than VCC, and despite that, is therefore not inferior to VCC 2016 overall, and together with Latour a Pomerol is my personal favorite with the Moueix wines. This nose is incredibly profound, one would have thought of pure Merlot as with VCC. But this Cabernet is so deep and spicy. Incredibly much cassis, darkest black cherry, rich black Dutch liquorice. Salty on the nose. Then juniper, olive paste, lots of pressure. Exuding incredible power and force in the nose and still ultra-fine. Nothing is rough, nothing is over-extracted. The wood supports but is not too much. It is an incredible, intoxicating nose. The mouth is much finer and significantly fresher. More black cherry, then a lot of crushed raspberry, just some cassis, licorice, black pepper. Great spice, almost sharpness from the salty minerality. Mint, eucalyptus. Very long, very intense but nothing hurts. The tannins are soft as butter, everything is polished, and yet the wine is highly intensive. It shows sophistication, is spicy, nice and long. It is a brilliant Certan de May. Better than I have ever tried it here. A great Pomerol with structure and length.