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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 parcel purchased by Brisson was the plot known as Domaine des Grands Champs.
During the estate’s 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 1970s.
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.
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. Since 2014, Alain Raynaud was also no longer working with the estate. Stephane Derenoncourt departed a few years later.
The Goldschmidt family owned 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.
In 2017, Artemis assumed total control of all three vineyards. 3 years later in September 2020, Suravenir Insurance, the owners of Chateau Calon Segur in St. Estephe purchased Chateau Vray Croix de Gay along with the other 2 estates.
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, Chateau Vray Croix de Gaye began using only 100% organic and biodynamic farming techniques.
The vineyard is basically two main blocks that is split into 8 parcels. They have vines planted close to Chateau La Fleur Petrus and Chateau Le Gay with the other section planted not far from Trotanoy. They have slopes that rise to 36 meters at their peak.
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.
The best vintages of Chateau Vray Croix de Gay are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2000.
Pomerol, due to its small size, high quality, and unique style is 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 at 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
17 Vintages 50,733 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Holding a lot in reserve, the wine is ripe, round, plummy and fresh, yet reserved. Medium bodied, soft and with chocolate overtones, you can drink this young, or age it for more complexity. 89-91 Pts
1,970 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Quite floral, with red pit fruits, spice, earth and assorted forest leaves. Elegant, silky, soft and polished. Medium-bodied, fresh and focused on the sweetness and purity in the fruits, the wine leaves you with freshness, and energy in the silky, cherry, plum, cocoa and espresso filled finish. 92-94 Pts
2,404 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|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
1,828 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. 92 Points
1,997 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Medium bodied, silky, elegant and earthy, with just enough cocoa and roses to make it sing Pomerol, the wine hits the spot when you are seeking a sensuous experience in a glass 94 Points
2,234 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
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. 93 Points
3,187 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. 91 Points
2,266 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. 91 Points
2,120 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
2,083 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
2,163 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. 89 Points
3,578 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
3,087 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
2,985 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
2,615 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. 90 Points
3,667 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
3,600 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2009
|2006||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Fully developed, round, plummy, earthy, dark cherry-filled, soft-textured wine with good freshness and fruit in the finish that is ready for its prime time consumption. The finish is a bit strict, which stops my score from going higher. 88 Points
1,489 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2020
|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. 86 Points
3,646 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. 88 Points
2,339 Views Tasted Oct 25, 2016
|2000||Château Vray Croix de Gay (Pomerol)|
Fully mature, it seems like this is just about ready to begin its slow decline, yet, you can still find ample, soft, earthy, sweet, fresh plums, cherry, cocoa and truffle, leaf and herbal notes with a gentle, elegantly textured, medium-bodied finish. 89 Points
1,475 Views Tasted Aug 24, 2021