Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Certan de May, POMEROL
$184 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright red fruit and savoury spices in equal measure on a cool yet ripe nose. The palate is plummy and compact but wonderfully rounded. A wine that focuses on finesse rather than power, the juicy cherry fruit has a savoury edge that is bolstered by hints of toast from the oak. Dried herbs, hedgerow and ripe plum on the finish.
92-94 Farr Vintners, London.
This is a lovely and powerful wine that takes its foot off the pedal at the right moment. Has personality and sets itself apart. Really enjoyable, in the Gazin-style in that this is subtly powerful rather than over-exuberant. First vintage from new cellars at Certan de May. 95 Jane Anson, Decanter.
This very refined with polished, chewy tannins and black olives. Medium-to full-bodied, the tannins are chiseled and energetic.
96-97 James Suckling.
Vibrant palate, fine and persistent, the tannins building in a linear way. Lovely balance and freshness. Real wine with ageing potential. Could be the best yet. 17.5 James Lawther (for Jancis Robinson)