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Chateau La Croix de Gay History, Overview
Chateau La Croix de Gay has a long history in the Pomerol appellation. But the owners of the vineyard, the Raynaud-Lebreton family have an even longer history in Bordeaux dating back to 1477!
The official estate dates back to at least the mid-1800s as wine was produced from the vineyard in 1772.
Later in the 19th century, the property was known to have produced not only their own wine but for some reason, the wine of Chateau Certan de May was also made at the property for a period of time.
Chateau La Croix de Gay was one of the first Pomerol properties to bottle at least some of their production at the estate. This took place in the mid to late 1800s! From that point forward, through small purchases from other vineyards, La Croix de Gay slowly grew in size.
However, the modern era for Chateau La Croix de Gay begins in the late 1960s, when the owners obtained land that was being used for the production of Pignon de Gay.
In the 1970s, the future consultant Alain Raynaud, who was born at the estate began to take part in the production of the wine.
While Alain Raynaud maintained an increasing role at La Croix de Gay, the property was managed by his father, Noel Raynaud until his death in 1997. In time, Alain Raynaud would sell his interests in La Fleur de Gay and La Croix de Gay.
Today, the estate remains in the hands of the Raynaud and Lebreton families. Starting in 1998, Chantal Lebreton took over managing the estate and the winemaking after her father Noel Raynaud passed away.
Over the years, like many estates in the Right Bank, the vineyard has changed in size. Most recently, it’s becoming smaller.
The first significant change took place in 1982 when they began producing La Fleur de Gay from the estate’s oldest vines located in a 3-hectare parcel with deep gravel and clay soils in their vineyard. In 2012, the estate sold a large portion of their vineyards to the owners of Chateau L’Evangile.
Located in the northern portion of the Pomerol appellation, Chateau La Croix de Gay has good neighbors. The Right Bank chateau is located not too far from Chateau Clinet or LEglise Clinet on the Pomerol plateau.
In 1997 the estate modernized its wine-making facilities and added temperature-controlled vats. In June 2012, the owners of Chateau Lafite Rothschild purchased 6 hectares of vines from La Croix de Gay allowing them to expand the holdings of Chateau L’Evangile.
The owners of Chateau La Croix de Gay built a new cellar for the fermentation and vinification of their wine that was completed in 2015.
Chateau La Croix de Gay Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The vineyard is divided into 10 separate parcels. The terroir is gravel, sand, and clay soils. The vines are on average close to 30 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,000 vines per hectare.
The wine of Chateau La Croix de Gay is vinified in 10, tulip-shaped, temperature-controlled, concrete vats that correspond to their 10 parcels of vines. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of French oak barrels and tanks.
The wine of Chateau La Croix de Gay is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. There is a second wine, which is not made every year, Commandeur de Croix de Gay. On average, close to 1,600 cases of wine are produced each vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau La Croix de Gay are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2001, and 2000.
When to Drink Chateau La Croix de Gay, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau La Croix de Gay can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Croix de Gay is usually better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau La Croix de Gay offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau La Croix de Gay with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Croix de Gay is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau La Croix de Gay is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau La Croix de Gay is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Château La Croix de Gay Wine Tasting Notes
21 Vintages 67,769 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Quite floral in nature, the wine is loaded with sweet, ripe cherries, and juicy plums. Medium-bodied, soft, and elegant, with a touch of chocolate, espresso, and cherries in the finish, this will drink well on release. Drink from 2025-2038. 90-92 Pts.
1,703 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
Flowers, powdered cocoa and cherries are clean, sweet, and fresh on the nose, mid-palate and in the medium-bodied, strawberry and red plum, savory finish. Drink from 2023-2035. 88-90
1,181 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
Plums, chocolate, lilacs and Indian spices open the perfume. On the palate, the medium-bodied wine is soft, silky and fresh with layers of creamy cherries, cocoa and plums on the mid-palate and in the finish. Drink from 2023-2038.
708 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2023
Soft, silky, forward, medium-bodied, elegant chocolate-covered, cherry-filled wine that is going to be delicious shortly after release. 89-91 Pts
1,407 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
Black raspberries, plums, cherries, wet earth and forest leaf, the wine is silky, seductive and fresh, with mineralistic overtones in the red pit fruit and chocolate oriented finish. Give this a few years of bottle age and it will be a much better wine. Drink from 2023-2034.
1,450 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
Medium bodied, forward and already displaying its mix of truffle, leaf, cherry, spice and red plum on the nose and palate. The wine is soft, juicy and fresh, leaving you with silky, sweet cherries and a lot of up-front, Pomerol charm in the finish.
1,168 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium-bodied, with a strong herbal tint to the red plum and bright, fresh cherry fruit on the nose and on the palate.
1,729 Views Tasted Aug 25, 2021
Medium bodied, forward, ripe, plummy and fresh, with ripe, sweet fruits, some flesh and a lot of Pomerol charm.
3,867 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Medium bodied, forward, soft and focused on cherry with a licorice whip, this is an agreeable, early-drinking Pomerol.
1,820 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
Medium-bodied, soft and polished, the wine isn't deep, but it's forward, soft, forward and expressive, making it a pleasure to enjoy young.
4,124 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Medium-bodied, soft and polished, this wine isn't deep but the fruits are ripe, fresh, round and elegant. 87 - 89 Pts
1,611 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2016
A medium-bodied and forward wine with bright plum and cherry tones and a short finish. 87-88 Pts
2,742 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
Light in color, the wine has simple but pleasant cherry personality. Drink this within the first few years of life. 85-88 Pts
2,417 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2014
Medium bodied, with a fresh, cherry, earth and thyme centric personality. The wine has a rustic texture in the tannins that slightly mars the finish.
4,894 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
Lush and plush black cherries, chocolate, plum and earthy in character, this value priced Pomerol serves up delicious plummy, silky textured wine that can be enjoyed young, or aged.
4,570 Views Tasted May 7, 2014
Pomerol is not a region known for value wines. Bargain hunting wine lovers should take a good look at this beauty, as it combines an opulent, lush styled Pomerol with good value. Lots of juicy black plum, licorice and earthy character are easily found here before ending in a plush, black cherry finish. Drink now, or over the next decade.
5,872 Views Tasted Jul 17, 2013
Medium-bodied, lighter-styled, earthy, silky, fully developed wine with a soft, earth, and savory, plum character that will be at its best over the next 5 years or so.
2,534 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2021
The addition of 5% Cabernet Franc to the Merlot dominated wine created a soft textured, refined, medium bodied Pomerol, with fennel, plum, black cherry and cocoa. This is already accessible and fun to drink.
3,365 Views Tasted May 14, 2012
Produced from 95% Merlot and rest Cabernet Franc, the wine features scents of ripe plums, spice and milk chocolate. Soft textured and already drinking well, this medium bodied Pomerol should probably be drunk up before its 15th birthday. The wine ends with a light, black cherry finish.
4,131 Views Tasted Aug 10, 2011
Fully mature Pomerol, with soft, silky textures, a medium body, and a floral, plummy, truffle essence. Popped and poured, this is drinking in its sweet spot. And because it is not really that well known, you should be able to score it for a fair price today.
3,111 Views Tasted Oct 25, 2016
Probably close to mature, the wine is soft, round and supple in texture, with a dark chocolate covered red and black plum, truffle filled perfume. A nice value for a mature Pomerol if you can still find it for about $75 or less.
2,270 Views Tasted Jan 11, 2015
Light ruby color. Earth, spice and coffee aromas. Very simple and short on the palate. Past its short lived prime.
3,410 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2009
Fully mature, with earth, red berries, smoke, soft textures and a short cherry finish. The wine faded in the glass after 20 minutes. Tasted blind, once it was revealed, it showed much better than I would have imagined.
3,019 Views Tasted Jul 5, 2012
The wine is labeled Clos du Commanderie – This is a negociant bottling of Le Croix de Gay. The color of tea, the nose offered damp earth, tobacco and burning leaf aromas. Rustic and starting to run out of fruit, this is well past its prime.
2,897 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2012
Orange and brick in color, very little fruit remained, and what little fruit was showing, was dwarfed by the amount of acidity and tartness in its cranberry character. This much more interesting on the nose with its complex, earthy scents than on the palate, with its tart, dry character.
1,769 Views Tasted May 7, 2015