2008 Chateau Manoir de Gay

Year: 2008
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Red Wine
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This is the 2nd wine of the Pomerol estate Chateau Le Gay, which got 95-98 from Parker for its 2008………

"Gorgeous aromas of cocoa and coffee bean give way to fresh, ripe fruit flavors of blackberry and fig in this rich, generous red, which isn't heavy or muscular, but has good depth and plenty of grip, with a fresh, spicy finish. Drink now through 2018. " (WS)


The first of the better Chateaux of 2008 are just starting to arrive.This was a vintage that when first evaluated did not do that well.Then Robert Parker came out saying what a fine vintage it was and had been sorely underrated. He also mentioned that it had numerous bargains and in quality was certainly better then 2007 and even most of 2006’s.The barrel samples that I’ve tried confirm my belief that Parker was right about the 2008’s quality and reasonableness in price.

In a sense, Manoir de Gay is the second wine of the highly respected Pomerol Chateau de Gay. I say in a sense, because it’s not composed of many barrels from de Gay that did not meet the strict requirements of Le Gay itself, but instead is a 100% Merlot grapes from the youngest vines on the plateau that Chateau Le Gay is situated.

As for Chateau Le Gay 2008, Parker writes, Is this the greatest Le Gay since the 1950 and 1947? Maybe. Certainly, it is the most awesome wine made by the new administration of Catherine Pere-Verge. The renowned Michel Rolland consults here. With such hearty praise for Chateau de Gay itself, I feel this Manoir de Gay is somewhat in the same ballpark at a third or fourth the price.

The color of this ’08 is a bright, inky purple with flavors of concentrated blackberries, as well as blueberries and currants. Furthermore, the Merlot softness is certainly noticeable but bolstered by an ideal touch of tannin and an excellent acid balance.Even with its present youth, one can easily detect the rich mouth filling quality of this ’08, which should improve for another 4 or 5 years and keep well into the early 2020’s.


PRICE: $29.95, *** BARGAIN

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

"Chateau Le Gay is one of the premiere producers in Bordeaux. Pomerol is arguably the premiere appellation in Bordeaux (ever heard of Petrus)? So when Chateau Le Gay of Pomerol produces a second wine called Manoir De Gay, using their younger vines, Bordeaux fans tend to listen.

The wine writers listen too, with Chateau Le Gay garnering a huge 95-98 point score for the 2008 vintage and this, their second wine receiving 91 points from Wine Spectator. 2008 was an overlooked vintage in Bordeaux, which somewhat laughably had 3 “Vintages of the Decade” in 2000, 2005 and 2009. The hype machine works in savvy consumers’ favor, especially if you know your sub-appellations. See, while most of Bordeaux scored in the low 90′s for 2008, Robert Parker’s vintage chart shows Pomerol at 96 points that year – higher than any other appellation and one of the highest scores for any appellation in the 2000′s.

I’m a firm believer in using scores as guides and taste as my decision point. This wine tastes really good. If you’re a Bordeaux fan, you will be highly impressed with Chateau Le Gay’s second wine. It’s dark, dark ruby in the glass with a bright nose of cherry and earth. The 100% Merlot shows on the palate and finish with a rich texture that lingers for an exceptionally long time. It’s tannic, though very drinkable today, and will blossom amazingly in the next 5-10 years.

Bordeaux fans will recognize this as an incredible value and non-fans? Well they won’t. And that’s okay. More for me." (Nickel & Dime)