|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
Ripe plums give richness on the nose and fleshiness on the palate. The mid palate is juicy sweet ripe fruited lots of damson plum with the supple richness balanced by fresher fruit that gives brightness on the finish. 2020-35. Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (May 2013)
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In this year, Le Gay has undergone micro-vinification in barrel (Darnajou) for the first time. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc cropped at 30hl/ha between 8th and 11th October. It has a very pure, natural, refined bouquet with redcurrant, raspberry, wild hedgerow and a touch of orange blossom. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, quite tart on the entry with a touch of piquancy. This is a more compact Le Gay compared to the 2011 at the moment, but it will mellow and gain volume throughout its maturation. There is very good focus on the finish – a fine mid-term Le Gay to drink between 7 and 15 years. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2013)
A backward, muscular style of Le Gay, the 2012 exhibits a dense blue/purple color as well as sweet blueberry and black raspberry notes intermixed with notions of forest floor and earth. Following the lovely bouquet, the tannins kick in and the wine shuts down. It is a muscular, rugged, full-bodied Pomerol that requires 7-10 years of cellaring. It should keep for three decades thereafter. 2020 - 2050 Rating: 91 - 93+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2013)
Not quite as good as La Violette in 2012, but this is still a fitting tribute to the late Catherine Péré-Vergé’s memory. It’s an ambitious Pomerol that eschews easy drinkability in favour of the longer haul: rich, dense, oaky and structured with hints of violets on the nose and dark, brooding fruit. Classy stuff. Drink: 2022-35 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2013)
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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