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This is a beautiful, dense, meaty, purple-colored wine, with loads of earth, iron, blackberry and cassis fruit. It is full-bodied, rich and opulent with great length, terrific purity and surprisingly sweeter tannin than I would expect from this terroir that tends to produce a masculine style of wine. Impressive and backward, this Le Gay should drink well for at least 20 years. Drink: 2015 - 2035
A backward, muscular style of Le Gay, the 2012 exhibits a dense blue/purple color as well as sweet blueberry and black raspberry notes intermixed with notions of forest floor and earth. Following the lovely bouquet, the tannins kick in and the wine shuts down. It is a muscular, rugged, full-bodied Pomerol that requires 7-10 years of cellaring. It should keep for three decades thereafter.
In this year, Le Gay has undergone micro-vinification in barrel (Darnajou) for the first time. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc cropped at 30hl/ha between 8th and 11th October. It has a very pure, natural, refined bouquet with redcurrant, raspberry, wild hedgerow and a touch of orange blossom. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, quite tart on the entry with a touch of piquancy. This is a more compact Le Gay compared to the 2011 at the moment, but it will mellow and gain volume throughout its maturation. There is very good focus on the finish - a fine mid-term Le Gay to drink between 7 and 15 years. Tasted April 2013.
This is dense and polished with refined tannins and beautiful fruit. Full-bodied yet reserved and elegant. Very long and attractive. Better in 2018.
A very polished and pretty wine with plums, berries and light vanilla cream character. Full and refined. I like the seamless tannins.
The 2012 Le Gay is beautifully seductive, powerful and layered from start to finish. A wine of crystalline precision and nuance, the 2012 literally sparkles with striking aromatic presence and fabulous overall balance. Lavender, slate, mint and crème de cassis are some of the many notes that blossom in a silky Pomerol that has it all. I imagine the 2012 will reward readers with many years of fine drinking. Drink 2017-2027.
Very rich and deep. Super heady and with some essence of blackberry to it. Very thick and deep and unctuous. Sweet and rich and thick. Petit Verdot…
Deep purple colour. Explosive aromatics of blueberry, black cherry and dried flowers with vanilla pod and toast. The palate is juicy, with highly polished, supple, soft tannins giving a wonderfully smooth mouthfeel, lifted by acidity. The black cherry fruit core is intense, and lingers on the long finish. This wine is soft enough to drink now, but has real potential for age. Another highlight of the right bank in 2012.
Formerly owned by the same family as neighbour Chateau Lafleur, Le Gay is now owned by the family of Catherine Péré-Vergé along with other Pomerol properties Montviel and la Violette. Madame Péré-Vergé sadly died 4 days before our visit. The 6 hectare vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc with vines around 50 years old. Despite the 100% new oak this voluptuous Pomerol is not too toasty. The plump, polished fruit has a sexy, ripe mouthfeel with notes of chocolate and cream with a hint of nutmeg and violets. 15000 bottles produced. A very fine Pomerol.
Ripe plums give richness on the nose and fleshiness on the palate. The mid palate is juicy sweet ripe fruited lots of damson plum with the supple richness balanced by fresher fruit that gives brightness on the finish. 2020-35.
Not quite as good as La Violette in 2012, but this is still a fitting tribute to the late Catherine
Péré-Vergé's memory. It's an ambitious Pomerol that eschews easy drinkability in favour of
the longer haul: rich, dense, oaky and structured with hints of violets on the nose and dark,
brooding fruit. Classy stuff.