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2020 Château Le Gay En Primeur

Released this morning, 2020 Château Le Gay is one of Neal Martin's top five Pomerols of the vintage and by far the least expensive of them, Le Gay is under the same ownership as ‘micro-property’ La Violette which with only 250 cases a year is almost impossible to obtain. Luckily in 2020, the team seem to have had more success with the Le Gay and we are pleased to be able to offer a small quantity.

Bordeaux En Primeur, landing in spring 2023

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Château Le Gay, Pomerol

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Château Le Gay, Pomerol

Château Le Gay in an estate in the commune of Pomerol.  The estate takes its name from the land, the 'lieu-dit' for the plot being Le Gay.  It was established in the mid-19th century. For much of the post-waer period, it was managed by the Moueix family.  In 2014 the winery was renovated, allowing microvinification to be employed.  The 10.5-hectare vineyard is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has a terroir of clay and gravel soil on the Pomerol plateau, with the best plots being adjacent to La Fleur Petrus.

The short video below shows Le Gay's owner Henri Parent presenting the 2019 vintage; worth watching as it is one of the best such films we have seen,illustrating various stages of the harvest and fermentation:


RED 2020 Château Le Gay 75cl £450 per case of 6 Château Le Gay
2020 / / 75cl
£450 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"Careful and seductive oaking, this develops and builds in power and finesse over the palate, and is a seriously enjoyable Pomerol, just packed full of appellation typicity. A yield of 35hl/ha, vinified in new oak barrels, and will stay in barrel for 18 months. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"One of my favorite estates in Pomerol is Château Le Gay, and their 2020 looks to be a gem, offering a ripe, forward, medium to full-bodied style as well as classic cassis and assorted darker fruits intermixed with white flowers, tobacco, and violets. It has plenty of background oak, sweet tannins, beautiful overall balance, and outstanding length on the finish. I don’t think it has the density of the 2016, but it still shows plenty of concentration as well as the fresh, elegant, incredibly pure style of the vintage. 94-96 points""Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Le Gay erupts from the glass with scents of molten licorice and dark chocolate, giving way to a tantalizing core of baked black cherries, prunes and blackberry preserves, plus a hint of cardamom. The full-bodied palate is rich and decadent, featuring layers of black fruits and exotic spices with a firm yet velvety texture and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length. A hedonic powerhouse! Drink 2025-2048. 94-96+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,"The 2020 Le Gay needs a little coaxing from the glass, but responds with blackberry, bilberry, pressed iris and subtle brine scents that gain intensity with aeration; the oak is very well integrated. The medium-bodied palate features fine, grainy tannins and beautiful, very pure black fruit tinged with licorice. Superb delineation toward the finish, which fans out with style. This is a wonderful Pomerol, Le Gay fulfilling its potential as one of Pomerol’s dark horses. Superb. 95-97 points" Neal Martin,"This is a young red with great intensity and vision that starts off slowly and builds with energy and verve. It’s so minerally with salty, chalky and spice undertones to the cool and vibrant, purple and subtle-fruit flavors. The tannins are wonderfully toned and polished and build on the palate to deliver something very special. 98-99 points"

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