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Chateau La Fleur de Gay 2005

Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
  • WE93
  • RP92
  • ST92
  • WS91
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Merlot 100%

Critical Acclaim

WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

This should be a powerful wine, but the power is so tempered by light acidity, poise, even delicacy in the tannins, that at the end the freshness is the principal element
Barrel Sample: 91-93 Points

RP 92
The Wine Advocate

Reminiscent of a grand cru Burgundy, La Fleur de Gay’s 2005 exhibits pure black raspberry fruit intermixed with truffle and kirsch notes. As the wine sits in the glass, toast and charcoal aromas also emerge. This opulent, medium to full-bodied, exceptionally pure Pomerol boasts laser-like precision and finesse. Give it 7-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25 years.

ST 92
International Wine Cellar

Bright ruby-red. Meaty dark berries and leather on the nose. Dense, sweet and highly concentrated, with very ripe flavors of plum, cassis, licorice and spices. Finishes with dusty but sweet tannins, a cool suggestion of menthol that gives it life, and sneaky length. Range: 89-92

WS 91
Wine Spectator

Loads of coffee, blackberry and cherry aromas follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. There's lots of fruit and toasty oak in the aftertaste. Best after 2011.

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Chateau La Fleur de Gay, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau La Fleur de Gay
Chateau La Fleur de Gay is owned by the Raynaud and Lebreton families. Chateau La Fleur de Gay made its official debut in 1982. However, the first true vintage for the wine was made the following year in 1983. The initial vintages contained a small portion of Cabernet Franc. That soon changed. They stopped blending in any Cabernet Franc and from that time forward, the wine was quickly made from only 100% old vine Merlot.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...

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The [Napa Valley] and [Cabernet Sauvignon] are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as [Rutherford’s] famous dust or [Stags Leap District's] tart cherry flavors.