Château Le Gay, Pomerol, 2016

  Château Le Gay

This is the third 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 6.5 hectares surrounding the Chateau (next to Lafleur and the original plot of La Fleur Petrus), the final blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and will be aged for 15 months in 100% new Darnajou barrels. The production will be roughly 18,000 bottles. Plush mulberry and liqueur cherries - there's plenty going on here, but it feels like the kid glove feel to wine-making removes some of the energy. This isn't dynamic and shimmering like the best wines on the plateau. That said, there is plenty of extract and fruit and a nice chocolate and velour finish. Polished but not engaging.

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.