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2018 Le Gay, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1420368 97-98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A tight and dense red with depth of fruit and polished tannins that really impress at this stage. It’s naturally refined and complex with so much dark-berry, chocolate, cedar and hazelnut character. Great wine. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark I loved the 2018 Château Le Gay from one of my go-to estates in Pomerol. The 2018 (a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) has a lusty, sweet bouquet of pure crème de cassis and jammy blackberries intermixed with lots of spice and spring flower notes. Full-bodied, rounded, and flamboyantly textured on the palate, it stays perfectly balanced, has fabulous purity, and a great finish. It needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for 20-25 years or more. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

94-97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark One of the highlights of the vintage, the 2018 Le Gay is fabulous. Crème de cassis, new leather, tobacco, minty and dried flowers all race out of the glass, but what impresses most is the wine's combination of fruit richness and vertical explosiveness. Black cherry, coffee, dried flowers, mint and lavender all soar. Le Gay is rich and concentrated in feel, and yet all the elements are wonderfully fused together. Tasted two times. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Le Gay opens with fragrant notes of lavender, oolong tea, baked plums and blueberry compote leading to wafts of red roses, spice cake and fallen leaves. Full-bodied, concentrated and decadently fruited, it has a firm backbone of rounded tannins and lovely freshness lifting the perfumed fruit to a long finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Plum, boysenberry and açaí berry flavors give this a slightly exotic character, with a polished texture and lingering anise notes. Shows latent grip on the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now. (JM, Web Only-2019) Inner quote mark

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is a modern wine, in keeping with the estate signature – gourmet and glamourous with good persistence. It has rich fruits and oak influence that comes through as cloves and smoked almonds with pencil lead and graphite joining the black cassis fruit as it opens up. It should age well but will be ready to enjoy relatively young as this style suits fruit that remains plump and rich. The harvest took place between 19 September and 3 October. 100% new oak, integral vinification, 7.5ha but 6ha in production. A yield of 35hl/ha. (JA) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

K&L Notes

93-95 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Le Gay has a more reserved bouquet than expected, nothing wrong with that, since it is well defined with attractive scents of incense and peony emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, fleshy and ripe with a sensual, very pure finish that is an absolute joy. I look forward to re-tasting this Pomerol once in bottle." (11/2019)


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