So much blackberry, stone, dried-mushroom and wet-earth character on then nose. Yet it’s a wine that remains clear and focused. Medium-to full-bodied, linear and tannic. A serious wine. Best in years from here. Better in 2022. Feb 2017, www.jamessuckling.com
James SucklingScore: 95/100
The 2014 Certan de May is one of the most powerful, tannic wines in the Moueix range. There is more than enough fruit and overall density to fill out the big, broad-shouldered frame. Layers of flavors and textures build as the wine opens up, but today, the Certan de May remains quite imposing. My sense is that it will require considerable aging.
Antonio Galloni, VinousScore: 93-96/100
Shows a perfumy profile, with rooibos tea, blood orange and warm raspberry coulis notes leading the way. The structure marries a silky and fine-grained wood feel, letting the fruit smolder through the finish. Tasted non-blind.—J.M. Wine Spectator, April 2015.
Wine SpectatorScore: 91-94/100
Tim Atkin MWScore: 92/100
I was not totally convinced by the 2014 Certan de May when I tasted it from barrel and now in bottle, I am not inclined to alter that view. It has a rather banal bouquet, nothing criminally wrong, just rather predictable and missing the joie-de-vivre or the complexity that I have found in other vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, quite grainy in texture with simple black dusty fruit, yet it tapers away far too quickly on the finish. I was expecting more, but it just does not deliver. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Mar 2017, www.robertparker.com
Neal MartinScore: 85/100