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Firm. A warm ripe rich Merlot (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc). There's a slightly dry effect from the barrel at the moment, but there's also a sense of a class terroir as well - very nicely long. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Back on form after a slight dip in quality in 2014, this has all the concentration and plushness that you expect from the property, with scented oak, flavours of bramble, liquorice and orange zest, ripe tannins and a refreshing, tapering finish. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
The 2015 Le Gay comes from the 6.5-hectare Pomerol estate, of which 2.09 hectares are currently being restructured. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked from 27 September until 8 October at one degree lower alcohol than Montviel; it has a fragrant bouquet with delineated red cherries, crushed strawberry and hints of vanilla from the 100% new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, ripe and rounded in the mouth, very well balanced and very smooth. This just glides across the mouth and once that new oak has been absorbed, this will be a gorgeous Le Gay to behold. Do not overlook this Cru because it has been on a roll in recent years. Drinking range: 2020 - 2050 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
Polished crimson. Some freshness on the nose though clearly very ripe and sweet too. Creamy and spicy. Just the right side of overripe. A little bit severe and yeast-extracty on the end. But there is lots humming away here on the palate. I may be underscoring this wine. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 17+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
This is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with a declared alcohol of 14.5%. The fruit was picked between September 27th and October 8th, and the yield was 30 hl/ha. The big change here has been giving over the entire harvest was subject to vinification integrale, essentially cold maceration, fermentation and élevage all in the same barrel, in a climate-controlled cellar with some refrigerated rooms in order to ensure temperature control. The oak is 100% new. This is pure and perfumed, with dark hedgerow fruits, some roasted fruit notes too, toasty cherry and gilled almond, adding some lovely complexity. The palate is restrained at first, gently textured, with very polished fruit character, black plum, mulberry, blackberry too, with a ripe, textural grain running through it. It is bright, polished, composed, the tannins ripe but not overpowering, deliciously succulent and ripe, with beautifully deep fruit yet pure and floral, and fresh acids. Classic, restrained, balanced and fresh despite the build of the vintage and the new, Rolland-inspired approach to vinification. This has very good potential. Rating: 17-18/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
A wine of power, density and exceptional finesse, the 2015 Le Gay has it all. Even with all of its obvious richness, the 2015 is slow to reveal itself. Hints of violets, lavender, cloves and new leather wrap around a core of inky, dark-fleshed stone fruits in a resonant, impeccably crafted Pomerol loaded with personality and pure class. Rating: 93-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
Goes for a showy style and pulls it off, with a cashmere feel to the layers of warm fig, blackberry coulis and plum reduction. Ganache and warm espresso notes line the hedonistic finish. Rating: 93—96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
A tight and racy red with walnut skin, pecan nuts, chili and spice. Blackberry. Full body, round texture. Chewy. Very promising. Like the great Le Gays from the 1980s. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)
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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