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Chateau Vray Croix de Gay History, Overview
Chateau Vray Croix de Gay dates back to the end of the 19th century, when it was formed by Joseph Brisson. The first purchase by Brisson was for the plot known as Domaine des Grands Champs.
During the estates formative years, the chateau used a different spelling for their wine labels, selling the wine under the name Vraye Croix de Gay. Note the extra “e” in Vraye, which was later changed to just Vray by the 1970’s.
For a period of time, the sales and winemaking of Chateau Vray Croix de Gay were handled by Ets. Moueix under an arrangement that ended in 2005. Since then, his descendants Aline and Paul Goldschmidt took over managing the Right Bank property.
The Goldschmidt family own two other properties, Chateau Siaurac, which is located in Lalande de Pomerol and Chateau Le Prieure in the St. Emilion appellation. However, that all changed in March, 2014 when the Goldschmidt family sold a large percentage of their holdings to the owner of Chateau Latour, Francois Pinault and the Artemis group.
Once Paul Goldschmidt and Aline Goldschmidt began managing Chateau Vray Croix de Gay, one of the first things he did was replant more than half of their Pomerol vineyards.
Their next step was to hire Stephane Derenoncourt as their consultant. Following the departure of Derenoncourt, they brought in Dr. Alain Raynaud as their consultant. From 2014, Alain Raynaud is also no longer working with the estate.
Chateau Vray Croix de Gay Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 3.67 hectare Pomerol vineyard of Chateau Vray Croix de Gay is planted to 80% Merlot, with 20% Cabernet Franc. At one point, some Cabernet Sauvignon was planted, but those vines were ripped out. It is the goal of Chateau Vray Croix de Gay to increase the percentage of Cabernet Franc in the vineyards.
The terroir gravel and clay with deposits of iron in the soil. The vines are old, at an average age of 43 years. Since 2008, the vineyard has practiced only sustainable farming management. Starting with the 2016 vintage, the estate moved to using only 100% organic and biodynamic farming techniques.
Vinification of Chateau Vray Croix de Gay has historically taken place at Chateau Siaurac, their estate in Lalande de Pomerol, on the border of Pomerol. However, that is expected to change in 2020, due to the appellation laws of Pomerol. The wines are vinified in a combination of 3, 50 hectoliter concrete vats and 2, 50 hectoliter stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes in barrel and vat, evenly split.
The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak for between 14 and 18 months. The length of barrel aging varies on the character and style of the vintage. There is a second wine, L’Enchanteur Vray Croix de Gay. The average annual production of Chateau Vray Croix de Gay is about 1,100 cases.
Pomerol, due to its small size, high quality and unique style are prized by wine lovers all over the world and for that reason, they are always expensive.
Chateau Vray Croix de Gay represents one of the best values in the Pomerol appellation. It offers quality at a fair price and it’s drinkable at a young age. Since 2005, this early drinking Pomerol has shown improvement. 2009 Chateau Vray Croix de Gay is the best wine made by the estate yet.
When to Drink Chateau Vray Croix de Gay, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Vray Croix de Gay can be enjoyed on the young side with an hour or so of decanting. However, the wine is usually better with 5-10 years of bottle age.
Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. In the best years, the wine will best between 10-18 years of age after the vintage. Young vintages of Vray Croix de Gay can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Chateau Vray Croix de Gay with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Vray 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 Vray Croix de Gay is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Vray Croix de Gay is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Vray Croix de Gay Wine Tasting Notes
13 Vintages 34,389 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Truffle, cocoa, cherry and juicy plums start the show. Soft and silky with a nice polish to the tannins and freshness to the fruit, the wine finishes with chocolate covered cherries and earthy, dark pit fruits. 92-94 Pts
694 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Silky, soft and smooth with chocolate dusted, black cherries on the nose and palate, you'll also find licorice and floral notes adding complexity to the medium bodied, earthy, juicy character.
1,718 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Luxurious textures, fresh, sweet black plum, earth, cocoa and licorice are all over the place. Rich and with silky tannins, this is the best wine I've tasted from Vray Croix de Gay.
2,137 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Plush, polished and loaded with sweet ripe, dark, red cherries, plums, espresso, dark chocolate and licorice, the tannins are silky, the fruit is ripe and the finish serves up black cherry, plum and bitter chocolate. This is the best wine ever produced from the estate.
1,673 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
Medium/full bodied, plush soft and forward, the wine offers ripe, dark, red cherries, plums, bitter chocolate, licorice and earthy complexities. There is richness and round textured, ripe, dark red fruits and cocoa in the finish.
1,533 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2018
|2014||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Plumy, medium-bodied, soft and fresh with a ripe, plum, earth and smooth, chocolate dusted, black cherry finish. 89-91 Pts
1,768 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
This medium-bodied wine has a light black cherry, oak and earthy personality with sandy tannins in the cherry finish. 87-89 Pts
1,916 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2014
|2012||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Medium bodied, soft textured and showing a sweet and tart, olive, licorice and red and black plum finish.
2,916 Views Tasted May 16, 2015
Rich aromas of chocolate-covered blackberries and flowers, silky tannins and a supple, ripe, fruit-filled finish make this the best vintage of Vray Crox de Croix produced yet! 91-93 Pts
2,874 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Earth, chocolate and dark cherry with supple textures and good concentration on ripe, sweet black plums in the finish. 89-90 Pts
2,880 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2012
|2010||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Vray Croix de Gay The property increased the percentage of Cabernet Franc in the wine to 25% from 10% starting with the 2010 vintage. The remainder is Merlot. Showing deep color, floral, chocolate, jammy black raspberry and earthy scents open to a medium/full bodied wine that’s filled with round, supple blackberry and ripe plums. 90-91 Pts
2,455 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, aromas of tobacco, black plum and earth are easy to find. This medium bodied Pomerol wine feels soft and round on the palate ending in a cocoa and spicy plum finish. This will drink well young.
3,391 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2012
|2008||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
08 Château Vrai Croix de Gay is medium bodied and shows some red and black fruit on the nose. The finish is slightly marred by a hint of unripe flavors at the end. 86-89 Pts
3,283 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2009
|2005||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Medium bodied, fully mature, this old school Pomerol shows black cherries and earthy qualities, but it lacks supple qualities and complexities.
3,247 Views Tasted Nov 29, 2014
|2001||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Medium bodied, fully mature, with an earthy, fresh, red plum, cherry and espresso core. The wine requires drinking over the next 5 years or so, to get the most from its soft, textured fruits.
1,904 Views Tasted Oct 25, 2016