One of the best Le Gays in years. Full-bodied and polished with superfine tannins. Layered. Goes on for minutes.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2017|
The 2016 Le Gay has an impressive bouquet of intense black cherry, raspberry, black truffle and smoke aromas that waft temptingly from the glass. The palate is rounded on the entry, and supple, caressing and fleshy in the mouth, offering mocha-tinged red fruit, tobacco and a splash of white pepper toward the quite persistent finish. Very fine, though I suspect the 2015 will be a notch better in the long run. Drink 2022-2040.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Le Gay is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc cropped at 27 hectoliters per hectare between 27 September and 14 October, matured in 100% new oak. The nose handles the new oak in stride with very pure, almost Côtes de Nuits-like red cherry and strawberry fruit, a patina of vanilla emanating from the wood. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with black cherry and blueberry fruit, a fine line of acidity, very polished in style with a gentle grip on the finish. Le Gay hit the high spots in the previous two vintages. I am not sure if in 2016 it quite reaches those levels, although it is still a sensual wine that should age with style over the next 15-20 years.
Drink Date 2021 - 2040
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Le Gay has a rock star nose of flamboyant Black Forest cake, crushed redcurrants and lilacs scents with underlying nuances of yeast extract, wood smoke, iron ore and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate truly struts its stuff with generous black and red fruits and a fantastic line of super ripe tannins, building to a very long, seductively perfumed finish.
2021 - 2045
|Score: 95+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (interim en), November 2018|
The 2016 Le Gay is terrific. Rich, explosive and vertical in feel, the 2016 is a wine of pedigree and real class. Inky blue and purplish fruit, licorice, lavender all race across the palate. From bottle, Le Gay is more a wine of subtlety and vibrancy than pure power. As good as it is, my impression today is that the fruit is a bit dried out. I liked the 2016 more from barrel. Drink 2024-2036.
|Score: 94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
In a vintage in which so many wines are flashy, the 2016 Le Gay is sculpted, precise and full of nuance. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, violet and licorice open up nicely, but it is the wine's translucence and sense of understatement that make it one of the most compellingly delicious Pomerols of the year. Michel Rolland consults. Tasted two times.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Very dark crimson. Very extreme and sweet and concentrated. Not a good example.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
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. 18,000 bottles produced at 27hl/ha in 2016. Spicy, juicy fruit on the nose with lots of vanilla and cocoa, the palate shows great sweetness and purity, with violets, blossoms and red cherries. The tannins are firm but integrated and ripe, providing structure for the plush, ripe fruit core. The finish is long, spicy and smoky, revealing a hedonistic but sophisticated Pomerol.
|Score: 17.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
The oak is quite dominant a hint of coconuts the start of the palate fresh with bright black fruits. There is a sweeter feel to the mid palate black cherry and plum with freshness at the back giving a lighter feel to the finish. 2025-38
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Almost certainly the only top Bordeaux that’s made by an Argentinean oenologist, Marcelo Pelleriti, this is wonderfully scented, complex Pomerol that shows leafy, violet aromas, mocha oak, fine tannins and the freshness that’s so typical of the vintage. 2024-32
|Score: 95||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
The late Catherine Pere Verge's sons now run this estate. This has a wonderful depth to the fruit, with coffee grounds balanced by the intense fruit. A little extracted but still very very beautiful.
|Score: 91||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|