The 2005 Le Gay is a massive, masculine Pomerol, very much in the style of Gazin, but showing much more minerality, abundant blue and black fruits, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and loads of tannin in a youthful, backward style, even at age 10. Give this wine at least another 5-10 years of cellaring and drink it over the following quarter-century. Drink 2020 - 2045.
|Score: 95+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015|
Rated 99 points in an email newsletter, dated 13/10/09, emailed to subscribers. From a blind tasting of 2005's by Robert Parker.
|Score: 99||Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (newsletter), October 2009|
The finest Le Gay produced since the post World War II era, the 2005 even eclipses the fabulous 1982 and 1989. This inky/purple-hued effort reflects the commitment of proprietress Catherine Pere-Verge. An extraordinary perfume of blueberries, blackberries, flowers, truffles, and a touch of steely minerality is followed by a massive wine of exceptional concentration, a multilayered texture, phenomenal purity, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. It is a massive, old style, pure, rich Pomerol that should only be purchased by patient connoisseurs as gratification will need to be deferred for at least a decade. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040+.
|Score: 95+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
The first top-notch effort under new owner, Catherine Pere-Verge, and winemaking guru, Michel Rolland, Le Gay’s 2005 is reminiscent of some of the estate’s monumental wines made in the post-World War II era (1947 and 1950). Its dense purple color precedes a luxurious bouquet of licorice, acacia flowers, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, and kirsch. Full-bodied with a fabulous texture as well as purity, it also possesses some lofty, but sweet tannins that are largely concealed by abundant extract, glycerin, and alcohol. This amazing wine represents a new reference point for Le Gay. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035+.
|Score: 94/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
The 2005 is unquestionably the finest Le Gay since 1982, 1975, and perhaps even 1947. Kudos to consulting winemaker Michel Rolland and the estate’s relatively new proprietor, Catherine Pere-Verge, for pushing the envelope to this level. Reminiscent of an old style Le Gay or Lafleur, it boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as an exquisite perfume of raspberry and blueberry liqueur intermixed with flowers, kirsch, licorice, and earth. This dense, powerful, concentrated, full-bodied yet well-balanced and symmetrical Pomerol possesses a boatload of tannin, but it is largely concealed by the lofty alcohol, glycerin, and extract. A brilliant effort, it represents a new reference point for Le Gay. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035.
|Score: 94/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
|Score: 93||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008|
Licorice and blackberry with mineral undertones. Full-bodied, with ultrasilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. All in finesse.
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006|
Dark red-ruby. Plum, mocha, minerals and coffee on the nose. Supple, lush and sweet, with captivating flavors of raspberry, toffee, coffee, mocha and iron. Wonderfully pliant and appealing Pomerol, finishing with sweet, tongue-dusting tannins and excellent length. (A second bottle of roughly equal quality showed a more serious tannic spine and appeared to be in the process of shutting down.)
|Score: 92||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar|
Modern in style, vanilla and dark fruit notes but undoubtedly has the depth and panache of a fine wine. Ripe, spicy, oak well absorbed, big tannic frame, overall balance. Good potential. Drink 2013-2025.
|Score: 17.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter Magazine, April 2006|
Very dark. Quite lifted nose. Lots of vibrant fruit and only sty drying tannins on the finish. Perhaps just little too forced?
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009|