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Chateau Certan-de-May

Location: Chateau Certan-de-May is located in on the plateau of Pomerol. The commune of Pomerol is found on the right bank of the Gironde Estuary in the Bordeaux region of Southwestern France.Certan-de-May neighbors Chateau Petrus and Vieux-Chateau-Certan.

Size: 12 acres producing about 2,000 cases per year.

Vineyards: The vineyards are on the clay soil of the plateau of Pomerol, which is the highest ground in the commune. The planting is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc with an average of of the vines of 35 years.

History: The current owners of the property are Mme. Bareau-Bader and her son. Since 1974, they are completly involved in the running of the estate and the production of the wine. Prior to 1974, the wines were made at another property.

Vinification: In order to achieve the house style of very big wines with great concentration of flavors and tannins, the wine is left on the skins for nearly a full month. The fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Ageing is in oak barrels that are 100% new each year. The barrel ageing lasts for 20 months or more depending on the vintage.

Style: Wines from Chateau Certan-de-May are very big and concentrated. They are very forward in their youth with primary grape flavors and aromas but take many years to become balanced and develop complex characteristics. Wines from the best years can age more than 2 decades. The wines are better in quality than the overall reputation of the chateau.