Le Gay 2019

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPomerol
ColourRed
TypeStill

Formerly owned by the same family as neighbour Chateau Lafleur, the 6.5 hectare Le Gay is now owned by the family of the late Catherine Péré-Vergé along with other Pomerol properties Montviel and la Violette. The vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc with vines around 50 years old. It has been producing outstanding Pomerols in recent vintages. The 2018 yield was 35 hl/ha picked from 19th September to October 3rd. Double-sorted by bunch and single berry. 100% micro-vinified in new oak. 14.5 alcohol. Production 20,000 bottles.


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Tasting Notes

The 2019 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc which is micro-vinified and aged in 100% new oak. The yield is 35hl/ha, giving a production of roughly 25,000 bottles. The abv is 14.5%. Deep purple in colour with a fleshy nose of blueberry and ripe red cherries. There is a sweet cherry cola and vanilla note to the oak on the palate, making for a hedonistic and ripe impression. The fruit is full of violets and dark cherries, with seamless and soft tannins through to the finish. Succulent, heady and creamy.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

The 2019 Le Gay has an unashamed old school Pomerol bouquet that I like, very terroir driven with loamy black fruit, touches of shaved black truffle and warm gravel. It is not a fruit-forward, sensual Pomerol - this is much more intellectual, like some of the older Le Gay that I tasted during the Robin sisters era. The palate is very well balanced with plenty of red fruit, structured like Le Gay usually is with brown spices and clove towards the persistent finish. It is one of the appelation's most fascinating wines and it should age with style.
2025 - 205

Score: 94/96Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Le Gay springs forth with exuberant scents of crushed black cherries, warm blueberries and boysenberries with nuances of cedar chest, Indian spices, licorice and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock-full of ripe black fruits and loads of spicy sparks, framed by plush tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing long and decadent.

Score: 93/95+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020

Wow. Very focused and decadent with lots of crushed berry, coffee and chocolate character. It’s full-bodied, yet energetic and focused with chewy tannins. Big wine for the vintage, yet fresh and bright at the end.

Score: 96/97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

The 2019 Le Gay is sleek, nuanced, and full of potential. Dark, sumptuous and inviting, with notes of dark cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice, spice, menthol and espresso, Le Gay is especially fine in 2019. It is rich, racy and exotically ripe, but not at all overly heavy - and that's a combination that works very well.

Score: 93/95Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

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