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Le Gay 2017

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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 is a dense, dark and powerful wine, with real potential. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new oak, spice, violet and menthol infuse the 2017 with layers of dimension. Le Gay marries intensity, richness and energy so well. The style is decidedly full-throttle, but all the elements come together well. Readers should expect a potent, heady Pomerol. Drink 2022-2032.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020

Juicy, soft and velvety on the palate with plenty of brambleberry character. Full body. Round, creamy tannins and flavorful finish. Drink after 2023.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored,the 2017 Le Gay offers a very serious, classic notes of plum preserves, mulberries and baked black cherries with hints of tilled soil, cloves, cedar chest and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has firm, grippy tannins and plenty of muscular fruit, finishing on a stewed tea note. Drink 2020-2032.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

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

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 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

Julia 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.

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

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, 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.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018
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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.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018
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