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
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