|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
Very oaky but harmonious first nose. Actually quite real - unforced and densely attractive, but then the tannins get the upper hand - but this feels like it will come out OK, if never very distinctive Rating: 88 L&S (Apr 2014)
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A successful effort in this vintage, the 2013 Le Gay is more muscular than most Pomerols (with the exception of Trotanoy). It has a dark ruby color, blue and red fruits, a pronounced acid profile and a medium-bodied finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. 2014-2022 Rating: 85-87 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
(90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc): Bright ruby. Dark cherry, blackcurrant and violet on the perfumed nose and palate. Nicely rich and dense, displaying a lovely sugar/acid balance. This struck me as having gentler tannins than some recent overextracted wines from this estate. Rating: 87-90 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)
The mix of black fruits feels ripe the start of the palate sweet fruited. The rich middle is balanced by bramble freshness at the back and the finish is a bit tight the firm fruit rather over dominated by the oak at this stage. 2018-28. Rating: 88-91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (May 2014)
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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