2009 Chateau La Fleur de Gay

Year: 2009
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 91-93
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
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"This is quite hedonistic, with exotic fig, pastis-soaked blueberry and plum fruit supported by a caressing, milk chocolate-accented frame. Well-layered, with intense wood spice and licorice notes filling out the finish, where there's a long roasted grip edge. Best from 2014 through 2028." (WS)

"As always, there is an elegance to the La Fleur de Gay, but the tell-tale flowery, raspberry jam, and blueberry pie notes jump from the glass along with hints of graphite and truffle. Deep, rich, full-bodied and textured, with sweet tannin and a stunning elegance and purity, this beauty that can be approached now or cellared for 20-25 years.

From a property now run completely by Chantal Lebreton since her brother, Dr. Alain Raynaud, sold all his interests, this wine, which boasts Michel Rolland as the consultant, comes from the very choice, 7.5-acre parcels of the larger Le Croix de Gay vineyard. The average age of the vines is 35 years and the blend is relatively simple – 100% Merlot, aged mostly in new oak. The alcohol here is just over 14.5%." (WA)

"($115) Good dark red. Captivating nose melds blackberry, tobacco, lead pencil, Old Bay and sexy oak spices. Silky-sweet, rich and spicy in the mouth, with notes of herbs and juniper berries accenting the powerful dark fruit flavors. Really lovely balance and energy here. The long finish is complemented but not overwhelmed by oak tannins." (IWC)

"This is concentrated, powerful stuff, the fruit seriously ripe and rich, balanced between chocolate, dark coffee and blackcurrant juice." (WE)

"Phenomenal aromas of crushed raspberries, with flowers and orange flower. Full-bodied, with layers of polished tannins and ripe fruit. Hints of blueberries too. It's so balanced and beautiful. One of the best La Fleur de Gays in years. Best after 2016." (JS)