Château Certan de May Pomerol
Remarkably rich and concentrated. An enormous bouquet of spices, vanilla, oak, ripe rich black currants and plums. Should be upgraded to second growth.
International Wine Cellar(2000 Vintage) Deep, bright ruby. Superripe aromas of jammy dark berries, chocolate, roasted herbs and earth; somewhat porty but not at all oxidative. Sweet, opulent and concentrated; very ripe and smooth in the middle. This really fills the mouth. Finishes with sweet, even tannins and very good persistence. Far better than the wishy-washy '99, and seemingly riper and richer than the '98. This may surpass the excellent '95 bottling.
Wine Advocate(2000 Vintage) Rating: (90-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 134 on Apr-01
International Wine Cellar(1998 Vintage) Rating: 87-88 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 90, May/June 2000. Medium full red. Rather subdued aromas of smoky raspberry and spiced cherry. Good extract and texture, but a bit ungiving in the middle, with some menthol and shoe polish notes. Not as ripe as the vintage's best examples, but has good concentration and firm backbone. A bit better today than it appeared a year ago.
Decanter(1989 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Fairly deep to deep red; succulent nose, quite oaky, good supple fruit here; pleasant fruit on palate but soft and dilute, lacks grip, light spiciness; quite good length.
Wine Spectator(2008 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/30/2011