Made of 100% superripe merlot. Broad, powerful, complex and concentrated.
I have always thought this was the best Fleur de Gay since the 1989 and 1990, and it showed extremely well in the 2000 horizontal tastings. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of melted caramel and mocha, along with raspberry and blueberry, the wine has that endearing combination of elegance and power. Layered and multi-dimensional, with silky, sweet tannins, the wine seems to have hit full maturity, where it should last for another 20 or more years. This is a beautiful wine.
A strong effort, and certainly the best La Fleur de Gay since the wonderful duo of 1989 and 1990, this dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 exhibits notes of melted licorice intermixed with cocoa and sweet black currants, minerals, and a hint of blueberries. The wine is elegant and medium to full-bodied, with sweet, concentrated fruit, tremendous pinpoint precision to its personality, outstanding purity, and a 40-45 second finish. However, some patience will be required because of high tannin levels. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.
Good colour. Like La Croix de Gay, its stablemate, this is rich and not a bit over-maceratedon the nose. Very Merlot. Good class. Good complexity. Very good ripe fruit. Well balanced. Fresh and intense. Very good indeed. From 2006.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.