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Le Gay 2011

Grape VarietyMerlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2011Le GayIM-2520.00bt94 RP286.66666666666794.0094.00Gay6
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Tasting Notes

The 2011 Le Gay exhibits a deep ruby/blue/purple color in addition to a sumptuous nose of spring flowers, blueberries and raspberries, deep, full-bodied, slightly masculine flavors, and sensational purity, richness and texture. It is another impressive 2011 Pomerol that has the guts, stuffing and structure to age for 15-20 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), May 2014

Dense and masculine with an inky/purple color, the 2011 Le Gay offers notes of truffles, roasted meats, black fruits, graphite and flowers. It is a powerful, rich Pomerol with stunning intensity and a long finish. This burly, full-throttle effort has a lot in common with the style of Trotanoy (even though the terroirs are different). Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

Tasted at the property and then at the Syndicat de Pomerol. The Le Gay is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked on 16th September. It has a well defined bouquet with ripe dark cherries, cassis and crushed violet: a more feminine take on Le Gay. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins on the entry. It has good acidity and weight. It does not present the explosion on the finish like the 2009 or 2010, but it is linear and controlled, quite reserved even. Excellent, although there is a metallic note lingering on the aftertaste that I hope will dissipate by the time of bottling. Tasted April 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

This is a pretty wine with walnuts, blackberries, blueberries and just a hint of cocoa. Full body with super-silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs at least three to four years to come together and soften. Try in 2017.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014

Soft and velvety with lovely ripe tannins and a citrus, mineral and blueberry character. Long and intense. Nicely done for the vintage.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012

Formerly owned by the same family as neighbour Chateau Lafleur, Le Gay is now owned by Catherine Péré-Vergé along with other Pomerol properties Montviel and la Violette. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc in 100% new oak. Sexy and opulent, this is a beautifully creamy and polished Pomerol with super-silky tannins, glycerol and a supple texture. Stylish and long.

Farr Vintners, March 2012

The fruit on the nose feels ripe lots of sweet damsons and the richness of the fruit fleshes out the mid palate. There is underlying freshness and the tannins are quite firm but do not hold back the richness of flavour.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

Showing all the class you'd expect from a mature vineyard situated between Pétrus and La Fleur, this is a beautifully scented Pomerol, with notes of spices, red cherry and wet stones on the nose. Fine and elegantly structured, this shows skilful oak integration, textured tannins and a long finish. 10+ years.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

Engaging wine. Deep colour. Reticent red/dark fruit nose. Lovely purity of fruit, super texture and a firm, long finish.

James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2012
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