Chateau Le Gay Pomerol Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Le Gay History, Overview

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. The estate takes its name from its location as the lieu-dit is called Le Gay. In 1872, the owners sold part of the property to the Greloud family which helped give birth to Chateau Lafleur. 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 Robin and Marie Robin owned and managed Chateau Le Gay for six decades! For much of that time, the estate was managed by Jean Pierre Moueix, who produced and sold the wine. Jean Pierre Moueix also purchased portions of the vineyard from the Robin family that were used to increase the size of Chateau La Fleur Petrus. This took place during the 1950’s and again in 1994. Following the death of Therese Robin in 1984, Christian Moueix began managing the estate. Marie Robin passed away in 2001, with no direct descendants to pass the estate to, and with massive inheritance taxes due that needed to be paid by Jacques Guinaudeau, he was forced to sell the vineyard. It was widely assumed that the natural buyer would be Ets. Moueix, but that was not the case.

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Chateau Le Gay was purchased by Catherine Pere-Verge in late, 2002 for 25 million dollars. One of the first decisions made by the new owner was to increase the size of their vineyards. They did this by planting and additional 3.4 hectares of vines on land that were not being used. Those vines were included for the first time in 2006. This is important to note, because as the age of the vines increases, so will the quality of the wine. They also brought in Michel Rolland as their consultant. It was the idea of Michel Rolland to bring in and hire Marcelo Pelleriti as the winemaker. Michel Rolland and Marcelo Pelleriti were well acquainted with each other from working together in Argentina for Pere Verge. The Pere Verge family own Monteviejo in Mendoza Argentina. In addition, they own La Graviere in Lalande de Pomerol.

Catherine Pere-Verge, owns other several Right Bank Pomerol estates including; Chateau La Violette, Chateau Montviel, Chateau Feytit-Lagrave and Chateau Tristan. Catherine Pere-Verge is the daughter of the late French industrialist, Jacques Durand. Jacques 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 always be missed. Her son, Henri Parent took over managing Chateau Le Gay.

In 2014, the wine making facilities at Chateau Le Gay were completely renovated, allowing for more parcel by parcel vinification and space for more barrels allowing micro vinification techniques for Le Gay and La Violette. One of the keys to this was the installation of 5 new, temperature controlled tanks to aid in the parcel by parcel vinification process. Micro-vinification means that the wines are vinified entirely in barrel.

Chateau Le Gay Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 10.5 hectare Pomerol wine vineyard of Chateau Le Gay has a terroir of clay and gravel soil on the Pomerol plateau. However, all their vines are not on the plateau. While their best terroir is situated next to La Fleur Petrus, they also have vines not that far from Chateau Rouget. 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 for the old vines. The young vines are planted at a much higher density of 9,900 vines per hectare. When vines are replaced here, they are now planted at the new level of vine density. Chateau Le Gay has old vines. In fact, their vines are on average close to 50 years of age! But they also have vines that date back to before the frost of 1956.

The vineyard is farmed using sustainable farming techniques. The yields are kept low. For example, in 2009, they were only 25 hectoliters per hectare. Starting with the 2012 vintage, a percentage of the wine of Chateau Le Gay was produced using the same micro vinification techniques as they employ with Chateau La Violette.

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To produce the wine of Chateau Le Gay, the grapes undergo a cold soak for 5 to 7 days at 10 to 12 degrees Celsius. The wine is vinified in small, oak barrels using micro vinification techniques. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in 100% new, French oak barrels from Darnajou. The wine spends its first three months on its post malolactic lees The wine ages for close to 18 months in 100% new, French oak barrels. On average, the production of Chateau Le Gay is close to 1,500 cases per year. There is a second wine, Manoir de Gay, which is produced from the estate’s youngest vines.

The best vintages of Chateau Le Gay are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 1982, 1975, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1950, 1947 and 1945.

The Pomerol wine produced by Chateau Le Gay in the 1940’s and 1950’s remain legendary. By the late 1970’s and 1980’s, (with the exception of the 1982) 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, ageability and at a fair price.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Le Gay with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Le Gay is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Le 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 Le Gay is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Château Le Gay Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. This will need time to develop before the deeply-colored wine comes together and you can enjoy the layers of concentrated boysenberry, plum, black cherry, earth, truffle and flowers it has to offer. Structured to age with purity of fruit and ripe, firm tannins, this is going to reward cellaring. The wine was made from a blend of 90% old vine Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 29 to October 14.

      96 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. A deep, jewel of a color, this wine is filled with black plum liqueur, flowers, black cherry and fig aromatics. Opulent, sexy and with depth of character, like the ultimate first date, it’s ripe with tremendous potential for a long-term pleasure. With tannins as velvety as the thighs of a virgin bride, there is an expressive, sensual, hedonistic texture awash with dense, ripe plums, chocolate, truffle and caramel covered nuts in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 90% old vine Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The harvest took place from September 27 to October 8. The Grand Vin was made from a whopping 50% of the harvest, so it's going to be hard to find this wine -- only 16,000 bottles were produced! I have a tendency to under estimate this wine in barrel, as there is so much going on, so I would not be surprised to see this get even better in the bottle. 96 - 98 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
  3. 2015 Manoir de Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. From 100% Merlot, this wine, which is the second wine of Chateau Le Gay, is medium bodied, soft, polished, fresh and displays a gentle, plummy character. 87 - 89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  4. 2014 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. Medium bodied, silky textured, elegant, soft, fresh and reasonably forward, requiring maybe 5 years or so, for the all the exotic textured, plums, cherries, wet earth, truffles and flowers to develop.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. Sweet plum, fig and black cherry prepare you for sultry, round textures and a soft, polished mid-palate. A distinctive medium-bodied, classic Pomerol wine, that leaves you with a fresh, crisp, black cherry essence. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  5. 2013 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. Medium bodied and finesse in style, the fruits are fresh, spicy and vibrant, but the wine clearly lacks the depth to age for years. You are best off drinking this earthy, red plum filled charmer in its youth.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. 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
  6. 2013 Manoir de Gay ( Pomerol)

    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
  7. 2012 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. 2 hours of air is all that's needed to bring out the truffle, chocolate covered plum, boysenberry, mint, coconut and violet aromatics. Soft, polished, tannins, with a slight dusty texture in the long plummy finish wrap everything up nicely. Still young, but it's already delicious. Good now, but this will really be rocking with another 5 years or so of age.

      95 points - Tasted
    2. Concentrated, deep, soft, fresh, polished ripe fruits, smooth, silky tannins and a long rich, character driven finish. Give it at least 5 -7 more more years and you’ll have a stunning, decadent treat. For a Pomerol of this quality, this still sells for a song.

      94 points - Tasted
    3. Full bodied, rich, concentrated and showing good intensity, the nose pops with smoke, licorice, cocoa and ripe black and blue fruits. There is a vibrant, fresh, polished center of juicy, sweet, black and dark red fruits that really shines. This has really improved since bottling and is one of the top Pomerol's of the vintage. For a wine of this quality from Pomerol, it's a steal in the marketplace!

      95 points - Tasted
    4. 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
  8. 2012 Manoir de Gay ( Pomerol)

    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
  9. 2011 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. Not showing quite as well as in previous tastings, the wine displayed ample, sweet, juicy, plum, black cherry and earthy characteristics, but the finish also showed drying tannic qualities.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. 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
    3. 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
  10. 2010 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    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
  11. 2009 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    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
    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
  12. 2008 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    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
    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
  13. 2006 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. Fresh spring flowers, truffle, smoke, black and red plums with forest scents are the first thing you notice. On the palate, the wine is fresh, silky, with a firmness to the tannins that will require more time to soften as the wine continues to fill out. The finish leaves you with fresh, spicy, dark red fruits.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. 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
  14. 2005 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. Powerful, youthful, fresh, vibrant, tannic and packed with all the plums, cherries, super dark chocolate, black licorice and truffles you can eat. The first top vintage for the new owners needs at least another 5 years of rest to soften and flesh out.

      94 points - Tasted
    2. Luscious, sumptuous, sensuous and sexy, this is what you want to find in Pomerol. Rich, fresh, sweet and velvety, drink this now, or age it. You cannot go wrong either way, although I’ll be aging mine for at another 3-5 years.

      96 points - Tasted
    3. 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
  15. 2004 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. At 12 years of age, this medium/full bodied wine is starting come around and offer its secondary, truffle, cocoa and black cherry profile. The wine is fleshy and starts to get going on the palate, but the tannins are just a bit too dry in the finish, else this would earn a higher score.

      92 points - Tasted
  16. 1989 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. Clearly, age has been good to this wine. And my instincts suggest, the wine can continue to evolve with additional cellaring. A classic styled Pomerol, with cherry, plum and earthy notes in the perfume. On the palate, the wine starts off charming, but finishes with some dryness and a hint of green. That was with 1 hour if air. With a little over 2 hours of air, the wine truly improved, softened somewhat, and became more fun to drink. Lovers of old school Pomerol, that are convinced the world has gone to hell in a hand basket after Parker are going to go bonkers for this wine. I like it, but I am more than happy this is my last bottle.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. Black fruit aromas. Dense, dark fruit on the palate. Simple, one-dimensional, concentrated, but asutere and tannic.

      88 points - Tasted
  17. 1982 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    1. This was a very nice bottle of this wine. It was youthful, full bodied, concentrated and also with a polish to its refined, slightly masculine side. Plums, flowers, tobacco and wet earth were all over the place from start to finish. There is no hurry to drink this, but I doubt there is any reason to hold it any longer either.

      95 points - Tasted
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
  18. 1975 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    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
  19. 1964 Château Le Gay ( Pomerol)

    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