Le Gay 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.

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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Le Gay has a strong whiff of the sea coming from the glass, brine and a little Japanese nori (seaweed) that is neatly sutured into the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little oaky at the moment with dark chocolate and a little leather tincturing the black and red fruit. It just feels a little predictable on the finish whereas the best recent vintages of Le Gay have fanned out and demonstrated more precision. Nevertheless, Le Gay often blossoms during its élevage so this might surprise when in bottle. Drink 2023 - 2045.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Le Gay is youthfully mute, opening with black cherries, wild blueberries and mulberry scents with suggestions of violets, licorice and black soil. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers beautifully delineated fruit with oodles of freshness and firm yet beautifully ripe tannins, finishing very long and perfumed.

Score: 93/95Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

Very pretty and refined with an excellent depth of fruit and attraction. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh and subtle finish. Shows elegance.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Le Gay is dark, sensual and totally alluring. Crème de cassis, menthol, violet, spice and licorice build as this racy, succulent Pomerol shows off its personality and class. Even with all of its intensity, the 2017 retains terrific freshness. A wine of serious depth and concentration, the 2017 is going to need time to fully come together. A closing blast of chocolate, plum, leather and mocha makes a strong statement. This is very nicely done. Tasted two times.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018

Black with dark purple core. Almost raisiny. Dark and savoury and charry on the palate but there's freshness too. Very dark on the finish. A bit hard and tough overall.
Drink 2024-2035

Score: 16Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

There was no problem with frost on the plateau of Bordeaux for the grand vin of Le Gay but the lesser vineyards that make Manoir de Gay and Montviel were hit. The yield was only 23 hl/ha with picking from the 19th to 28th September. 100% micro vinified in 100% new oak. 14% alc. 15000 bottles to be produced. A very purple hue to this medium-deep sample. The nose is heady and expressive, with plummy, juicy fruits supported by the savoury spice of nutmeg and a little sweet cinnamon. The palate is bright with acidity that gives a floral tone to the core of fruit, with cherry blossom and violets. Lightly sweet char of new oak and integrated spiciness is in harmony with the fruit. The tannins are polished but slightly chewier than usual for this wine, suggesting that it may take a few years to fully integrate.

Score: 16+Farr Vintners, April 2018

The nose has a touch of spice the start bramble fresh but there is sweet ripe fruit in the middle fleshy and rich. Lighter at the back with bramble freshness with the richer fruit coming through on the finish. 2024-35

Score: 89/91Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018

This has good volume and mouthfeel, with rich, well-feathered cassis and powerful dark chocolate. It's one to age, an opulent, decadent wine that's still quite tight. Leave it a good few years.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2038

Score: 90Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

Meaty and chewy with a soy sauce sweetness on the nose, this is a rather unusual wine and it is not very refreshing nor is it actually particularly fruity. The solid block of flavour seems to be imposing and structured, but it is not necessarily that delicious.

Score: 16+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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