CHÂTEAU LE GAY
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc just firms up the Merlot and gives the blueberry-floral edge to the creamy fruit. Rich but dry, silky and caressing. Different to its stablemate La Violette, but absolutely fabulous too. Lots of concentrated flavour in the finish, really superb. Terrific balance makes this length possible. Brilliant effort. The owners spare no expense to make this wine as good as it can be - the same pruning team as Pétrus, for example, and M. Cousinier of the Domaine de la Romanée Conti consults. Rating: 93+ L&S (Apr 2009)
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The 2008 Le Gay has a very refined bouquet with intense, quite pure blackberry, briary and black truffle scents, an engaging sense of mineralité and terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very good density, a sinewy Le Gay that is bold and structured. My only quibble? It just lacks the complexity and finesse on the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Feb 2018)
Full, deep red-ruby. Inviting aromas of blackberry, licorice, violet and mint. Superconcentrated, lush and generous, but with excellent energy to the black fruit and crushed stone flavors. Boasts superb sweetness paired with excellent grip. Really spreads out on the broad, long finish, which features serious but plush tannins. This very suave and deep Le Gay should be held for at least five or six years. Rating: 92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Dec 2014)
Is this the greatest Le Gay since the 1950 and 1947? Maybe. Certainly it is the most awesome wine made by the new administration of Catherine Pere-Verge. The renowned Michel Rolland consults here. Yields in 2008 were frightfully small, and the grapes were harvested in mid-October. The result is a black/purple-colored wine revealing a bouquet of graphite, incense, ink, and stunningly pure, rich dark red and black fruits. Massive in the mouth, with surprisingly good acidity, a boatload of sweet, supple tannin, a multilayered mouthfeel, and a finish that lasts nearly a minute, this phenomenal effort should be drinkable between 2015-2040. Rating: 95-98 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2009)
Château le Gay
Château le Gay, and near-by Château Lafleur, were owned by sisters Therese and Marie Robin for some sixty years. In the later years of their tenure, the management of the estate had been largely entrusted to the Moueix family with whom it was mostly expected that the estate would end up. But when Marie Robin died and her heirs had to sell one of the estates to meet inheritance duties, it was Catherine Pere-Verge who emerged as the owner of le Gay. Catherine had spent 40 years working for the family crystal ware business before deciding to semi-retire by buying a château in Pomerol. She started at Château Montveil where she garnered sufficient enthusiasm for the life of a vigneron to throw her hat into the ring with the better sited Château le Gay. She, subsequently, went on to buy the set to be iconic Château la Violette. On buying Château le Gay, Catherine installed new wine making facilities and increased the size of the vineyard by planting some previous unplanted land. Even with the newer vines, the average age of the vineyard is still 40 years old, planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
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