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Chateau Le Gay Pomerol Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Le Gay Pomerol, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Le Gay has a long history as a Bordeaux wine estate in the Pomerol appellation that dates all the way back to the mid 1850’s when it was known as Domaine du Gay. In 1872, the owners sold part of the property to the Greloud family which helped give birth to Chateau Lafleur. In fact, at one point in time, starting slightly after the conclusion of World War 1, Chateau Le Gay became the property of the Robin family, eventually passing to the famous Robin sisters in 1946 who also owned the legendary estate of Chateau Lafleur! Therese and Marie Robin owned and managed Chateau Le Gay for six decades!

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Chateau Le Gay was purchased by Catherine Pere-Verge in late, 2002 for 25 million dollars. Catherine Pere-Verge, owns other Right Bank Pomerol estates including; Chateau La Violette and Chateau Montviel. She is the daughter of the late French industrialist, Jacques Durand. Durand earned his fortune as the owner of the one of the world’s largest glass and crystal companies, Verrerie Cristallerie d’Argues. Sadly, Catherine Pere Verge, the grand woman of Pomerol passed away from cancer the day before she was going to present her wines at a dinner for friends and members of the press, April 2013. She will be missed.

The 10.5 hectare Pomerol wine vineyard of Chateau Le Gay has a terroir of clay, gravel and limestone soils limestone on the Pomerol plateau. The vineyard of Chateau Le Gay is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vines are planted to a density of 5,500 vines per hectare. Chateau Le Gay has old vines. In fact, their vines are on average close to 50 years of age! There are isolated vines that date back to before the frost of 1956 Sustainable viticultural practices are the rule here and at the Peré-Vergé Pomerol properties. Yields are kept low. For example, in 2009, they were only 25 hectoliters per hectare. For the 2012 vintage, the wine of Chateau Le Gay was produced using the same methods as they employ at La Violette. 90% of the fruit was vinified in barrel.

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At Chateau Le Gay, the carefully sorted fruit undergoes a cold soak for 5 to 7 days at 10 to 12° Celsius before being moved to small, 60 hectoliter oak tanks for fermentation and a 35-day maceration. However, 50% of the production is aged in barrel, which allows for true micorvinification. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in 100% new oak barrels from local cooper, Darnajou. The wine spends its first three months on the post malolactic lees. The wine ages for close to 18 months in 100% new, French oak barrels. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Rolland started with Chateau Le Gay in 2004. On average, the production of Chateau Le Gay is close to 1,200 cases per year. There is a second wine, Manoir de Gay.

The Pomerol wine produced by Chateau Le Gay in the 40’s and 50’s remain legendary.  By the late 1970’s and 1980’s, the wines had become a hard, tannic, austere, beefy style of Pomerol. Starting with 2005, the quality and style from this great terroir  took a giant leap forward.  The wines of Chateau Le Gay today are concentrated, deeply flavored and provide opulent, sensuous textures.  This is one of the top Pomerol estates to watch and purchase as the wines of Chateau Le Gay offer quality, character and a fair price.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Manoir de Gay

    1. Light in fruit with bright red berries, the wine has an easygoing style with spice and cranberries in the finish. 83-85 Pts

      83 points - Tasted
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  2. 2013 Château Le Gay

    1. Blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol and will be aged in 100% new French oak. Not much wine was produced, as the yields were only 18 hectoliters per hectare. Black raspberry, spice, coffee bean and licorice create the floral perfume. There is good sweetness in the fruit, transitioning from black to red cherries. 92-94 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  3. 2012 Château Le Gay

    1. For the 2012 vintage, the wine of Chateau Le Gay was produced using the same methods as they employ at La Violette. 90% of the fruit was vinified in barrel. From a blend that is the same as the plantings at 90% Merlot at 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. Deep ruby in color, the wine offers licorice, oak, earth, jammy black raspberry, chocolate and floral notes. On the palate, the wine is rich, round, supple and lush. Each sip is packed with ripe and overripe black cherries, licorice and dark chocolate. The tannins are ripe while the finish expands, moving from cherry to black raspberry and spice. Sadly, Catherine Pere Verge, the grand woman of Pomerol passed away the day before she was going to present her wines at a dinner for friends and members of the press. She will be missed. 93-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  4. 2012 Manoir de Gay

    1. Produced from 100% Merlot, this black raspberry-dominated wine has a medium body, soft textures and a forward personality. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  5. 2011 Château Le Gay

    1. Dark ruby in color, the wine is packed with fresh, earthy, sweet red berries, plums, cocoa, soft textures and a medium bodied, spicy, plush red berry finish.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. 90% Merlot with the remainder coming from Cabernet Franc produced a deep-colored wine with intense floral, chocolate, truffle and black cherry liqueur notes. This full-bodied, rich, sweet and concentrated Pomerol is packed with ripe, opulent chocolate-covered cherries and minerality. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  6. 2010 Château Le Gay

    1. Le Gay - In 2010, with the help of the new managing director, Jerome Ducasse, (who replaced Jean-Christophe Meyrou,) the estate produced a wine from blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 13.5 alcohol. Scents of oak, flowers, jammy black raspberries and chocolate are coupled with a concentrated, juicy, plush and polished, black and red plum finish. 93-95 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  7. 2009 Château Le Gay

    1. Deep ruby in color, truffle, earth, floral, ripe plum, cocoa and spicy scents lead the way to a full bodied, deep, long, fresh, spicy, blackberry and cherry filled Pomerol with the structure to age and evolve. Give it 5-10 years to develop as this opulent wine needs to time.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 Le Gay is deep ruby, with a nose of tobacco, truffle, forest floor, blackberry, boysenberry and oak. Full bodied and concentrated, silky and round, this ripe dark berry flavored wine is outstanding, although for me the reference point of the modern era remains the 2005. 93-95

      94 points - Tasted
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  8. 2008 Château Le Gay

    1. 2008 Le Gay is filled with truffles, Asian spice fresh plums and oak in the nose. On the palate the wine is rich and intense with layers of ripe black cherries, chocolate, licorice and blackberry. 96 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. 08 Château Le Gay comes from iron enriched clay soils. Intense floral scents with dark berries, chocolate, oak, and vanilla abound. Full bodied and intensely concentrated with layers of sexy flavors, this decadent wine fills your palate with ripe plums and black fruit. 94-97

      96 points - Tasted
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  9. 2006 Château Le Gay

    1. Still tight, the wine need air and coaxing to reveal its chocolate, plum, coffee, smoke, black truffle and floral personality. Concentrated, powerful, tannic and slightly brawny, this Pomerol demands another 5-8 years before its ready to drink.

      92 points - Tasted
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  10. 2005 Château Le Gay

    1. Oh my God! This is my first time tasting 2005 Le Gay and I cannot believe how good the wine is. It is incredibly thick, rich, pure and luxurious. Liquorious aromas of blackberries, spice, plum, anise and coffee are easily found in the nose. The palate is flooded with waves of decadent, chocolate covered black fruit. Lots of tannins are present in the wine. But the tannins are elegant, fine and polished. 2005 Le Gay is definitely a sexed up bottle of Bordeaux wine and belongs in any Pomerol lovers cellar.

      95 points - Tasted
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  11. 1989 Château Le Gay

    1. Truffle, earth, chocolate, tobacco and plums dominate this full bodied and concentrated, masculine styled Pomerol. The wine has softened a bit over the past few years.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Black fruit and plum aromas with dense, dark fruit on the palate. A traditionally styled Pomerol lacking the charm and elegance usually found in the region. The wine is austere in texture and still tannic.

      88 points - Tasted
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    3. Black fruit aromas. Dense, dark fruit on the palate. Simple, one-dimensional, concentrated, but asutere and tannic.

      88 points - Tasted
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  12. 1982 Château Le Gay

    1. Truffle, chocolate, earth, spice box and plum notes develop with little effort. Big, masculine and brawny in style, this structured Pomerol wine should continue to age and evolve for several more years. But it's not going to develop into a decadent Pomerol experience.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Big, dense, powerful and concentrated, this full bodied and large scaled style of Pomerol is filled with black fruit, spice, earth and floral notes. This structured, plummy wine still has some tannin to resolve.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. Still young, this concentrated, old school styled Pomerol has a lot of deep, dark, plumy fruit in its essences. Made in a bigger, masculine style with tannin to age for decades, this wine requires at least another decade before it becomes civilized.

      92 points - Tasted
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  13. 1975 Château Le Gay

    1. Smoke, minerality, raspberry, griotte, spice, floral and forest floor scents come alive after 20-30 minutes of air. On the palate, the wine is powerful, dense and shows the patina of age with its thick textures. The wine ends with a griotte filled finish. 1975 Le Gay is masculine, but in a refined manner. The wine stopped improving after the first hour, but it stayed at that level for at least 3 hours.

      92 points - Tasted
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  14. 1964 Château Le Gay

    1. Concentrated, firm and almost muscular, with a mouthful of mineral driven, dark cocoa, cherry and truffle, the wine leaves a long impression on the palate.

      91 points - Tasted
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