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The 2014 Le Gay has a perfumed and ebullient bouquet with blackberry, leather and warm brick aromas. I appreciate the delineation here and the manner in which it blossoms in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well balanced and gentle in style, caressing with pure strawberry and cranberry scents towards the elegant finish. This is a great Le Gay. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Mar 2018)
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The Château Le Gay 2014 has a tightly wound bouquet with subtle tertiary scents, woodland aromas infusing the red and black berry fruit. This is a more classic take of this Pomerol cru. The palate is very well balanced with fine, supple tannins and nicely judged acidity. It is a dialled back Le Gay compared to recent vintages, one that maintains satisfying balance, if not the peacock's tail that has adorned other vintages. It's no "2010", a wine that I consider a benchmark for the estate, but it will drink nicely over the next 10 to 15 years. Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2015)
An inviting, sensual beauty, the 2014 Le Gay is all about texture. Silky tannins provide the backbone as this super-expressive, generous Pomerol opens up in the glass. Veins of bright acidity and a firm spine of tannin propel the finish. The 2014 is going to need a few years for the elements to fully come together, but there is more than enough density on the fruit to balance the acidity and tannins, both of which are a bit pronounced today. Rating: 91-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2015)
Dark crimson. Very meaty luscious Pomerol nose. Rich and glamorous. Really fine and palate soothing. Not big and heavy but well-polished tannins and masses of flattering fruit. Drinking range: 2020 - 2033 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2015)
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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