Château Le Gay
Classification: Grand Cru
Château Le Gay is a small 22 acre estate in Pomerol that has tremendous potential. Since 2002, when Catherine Péré-Vergé bought the château, the quality of its wines has risen and Le Gay is now getting the recognition it deserves. Le Gay neighbours Chateau Pétrus and Vieux Chateau Certan. Le Gay shares some of its history with Château La Fleur across the road. In the 1700s both Le Gay and La Fleur were part of the larger property Le Manoir de Gay. In the mid 18th century Le Manoir de Gay was purchased by the Greloud family and divided between the sons.
In 1946 the sisters Marie and Thérèse Robin inherited both Lafleur and Le Gay. The sisters were notoriously reclusive and shunned the spotlights for almost 70 years. They were content to allow Chateau Pétrus reap all the glory for the appellation and so Le Gay remained in the shadow of its prestigious neighbour until Catherine Péré-Vergé discovered it. La Fleur is owned by the Robin sisters' niece and nephew, Sylvie and Jacques Guinaudeau, who sold Le Gay to Catherine Péré-Vergé in order to concentrate on La Fleur.
The vineyards of Le Gay lie just to the north of the Pomerol plateau in the small hamlet of Pignon and are planted with 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. Similar to Chateaux Pétrusand L'Eglise Clinet the vines remained in situ after the devastating spring frosts of 1956 and have an average age of 50 years. Le Gay's location is exceptional and the soils are clays and gravels. The old vines, tiny yields and an uncompromising wine making style makes Château Le Gay one of the most concentrated and massive wines of the region. The wine making is overseen by Michel Rolland and Le Gay is undergoing a renaissance which mirrors the success it had in the 40’s and 50’s when it was producing some legendary wines.
Catherine Péré-Vergé comes from the family who own Cristal d'Arques, a leading European glass and crystal manufacturer. Catherine left the family firm in the 60s and also owns Châteaux Montviel, La Gravière, La Violette and Bodedga Monteviejo in Argentina. Under her care Château Le Gay has been completely renovated. The chai is located next to the neo-classical pavilion where tastings are held and blends traditional and modern elements in a striking way. The most notable touch are the squat wooden fermentation tanks, each capable of holding 2,377 gallons which were fashioned by Seguin Moreau et Cie, one of the world's best cooperages.
The wines of Château le Gay are rich, intense, supple and silky with notes of blueberry, graphite, blackberry, truffle and violet. They are powerful, well balanced and multi layered, age very well and should be cellared correctly.
Owner: Catherine Péré-Vergé
Oenologist: Michel Rolland