Antonio Galloni, July 2015,
The 2012 Le Gay is beautifully seductive, powerful and layered from start to finish. A wine of crystalline precision and nuance, the 2012 literally sparkles with striking aromatic presence and fabulous overall balance. Lavender, slate, mint and crème de cassis are some of the many notes that blossom in a silky Pomerol that has it all. I imagine the 2012 will reward readers with many years of fine drinking. Drink 2019-2029
Jancis Robinson, January 2016,
Tasted blind. Vibrant dark crimson. Slightly muddy but very well-integrated nose. Then sweet and focused. Not too heavy or sweet. Real Pomerol reward in terms of concentration. Dry finish. Drink 2020-2035
Château le Gay
Le Gay's 6 hectares of 40 year old vines were previously owned by sisters Marie and Thérèse Robin, who also owned Ch Lafleur. In 2001 French death duties took their toll and this enviably located estate was purchased by Catherine Péré-Vergé of the Cristal d’Arques glass family. Yields are very low - this combined with the vines good age, imparts the wines with their compexity and depth. Le Gay is usually blended with 10% Cabernet Franc and 90% Merlot and aged in oak casks for 18-20 months.
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.