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2016 La Fleur de Gay, Pomerol

SKU #1464474 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The colour is still almost a primeur purple, rich, vibrant and violet-edged. The nose is youthful but majestic and full of promise, with smoky caramel, liquorice and dark chocolate. Gorgeous floral notes spiral out of the glass after five minutes. That the wine is full of inky depths, generous but withholding at the same time, showcases the ability of Pomerol to taste good young without sacrificing an ability to age. This is one of the great wines of Pomerol. 100% new oak. (JA) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 La Fleur de Gay is a wine of real personality and class. Dark cherry jam, mocha, espresso, blood orange and rose petal give the 2016 an exotic quality that is hugely appealing, while beams of supporting tannin provide the framework. In the glass, the 2016 is rich, dense and remarkably vivid, all of which make it absolutely compelling. This is a fabulous showing. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Where is that Peking duck? Ripe and rich with a solid structure, this is a serious and substantial Pomerol with a very satisfying balance of ripe and savory character, the tannins building nicely at the finish. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ripe and showy, showing a core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit flavors infused with black tea and anise notes, all backed by a well-integrated roasted apple wood spine. Offers solid drive through the finish, with a flash of smoldering charcoal detail adding intrigue. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Château La Fleur de Gay reveals a saturated purple color as well as a complex style in its notes of new saddle leather, lead pencil, graphite, tobacco leaf, and sweet red and black fruits. It’s a medium to full-bodied, sexy Pomerol that has moderate tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and a plush, polished, elegant texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a beautiful wine. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 La Fleur de Gay has cedar, toast, cloves and cinnamon scents with a core of redcurrants, black cherries and stewed plums plus a waft of cigars. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy, finishing very oaky. (LPB) 91+ Inner quote mark (11/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dark, lustrous crimson. Meaty and very arresting. Mouth-filling – makes a big impact. Polished tannins there in abundance. (JR) 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

92 points, Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2016 La Fleur de Gay has a rich, opulent bouquet of lavish black cherry and cassis aromas that billow from the glass. The palate is ripe and rounded, displaying impressive grip and structure and delivering a lot more substance than the La Croix de Gay. Mocha and espresso emerge toward the finish, which feels just a little oaky at the moment. Give this four to six years in bottle. (01/2019)

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