With such illustrious neighbours in Pomerol such as Petrus, the estate of Chateau Le Gay has the advantage of excellent gravelly soil with a clay and limestone foundation. The vineyard covers an area of 10.5 hectares, and the plantings are composed of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The vines are on average fifty years old. The estate is constantly pursuing excellence in their winemaking, and this dedication motivated a recent complete renovation of their cellar, as well as bringing on Michel Rolland as a consultant oenologist.
The 2014 vintage was a special and remarkable vintage. It began with cool and humid days in the winter and spring. This resulted in consistent flowering on the vines across Pomerol, a steady grape growth and a good level of acidity in the fruit. However, much-needed sunshine was still missing throughout the summer, causing concern for winemakers. Thankfully, September ushered in a beautiful Indian summer, which enveloped all of Bordeaux in ample sunshine and heat. These conditions resulted in healthy grapes with good tannin structure. Combined with the strong ageing potential ensured from the fruit’s acidity, 2014 has promise to be a classic Bordeaux vintage.