Château Le Gay, Pomerol, 2014

  Château Le Gay

Henri Parent explained that 2014 was the first vintage to be micro-vinified in their very impressive new cellar. Wine-maker, Marcello Pelleriti now has 470 barrels instead of the 12 large vats he used to work with. This enables much more precise vinifications. Produced from 6 hectares surrounding the Chateau (next to Lafleur and Lafleur Petrus), the final blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and will be aged for 15 months in 100% new Darnajou barrels. This has a very attractive floral bouquet with exotic and aromatic plums. There is a lovely fluid style to this wine and a sense of balance and composure. Good mid-weight flavours of bramble fruit, sandalwood and some creamy vanilla notes lead to a very assured finish where the tannins are fully ensconced in refined fruit. There is a real sense of beginning middle and end in this wine. Gentle extractions have produced a wine of mid weight at best, but this is all about balance and charm.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Le Gay

Le Gay is located in the appellation of Pomerol.

Appellation: Pomerol

Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.

Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.