This is a beautiful, dense, meaty, purple-colored wine, with loads of earth, iron, blackberry, and cassis fruit. It is full-bodied, rich, and opulent with great length, terrific purity, and surprisingly sweeter tannin than I would expect from this terroir that tends to produce a masculine style of wine. Impressive and backward, this Le Gay should drink well for at least 20 years.
Château Le Gay can trace its origins to a property dating from the eighteenth century called Manoir de Gay. Catherine Pere-Verge, the owner of Château Montviel in Pomerol since 1985, acquired the Le Gay in 2002 and employed the services of the famous oenologist-consultant Michel Rolland from Libourne.
Adjacent to Petrus and Lafleur, the vineyard stretches over gravel, clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is planted with 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. Château Le Gay wines are structured and balanced with aromas of red fruits and hints of undergrowth.