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Chateau La Fleur de Gay 2004

Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
  • RP91
  • V91
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RP 91
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A tiny production of only 343 cases (as opposed to 600+) were produced from this 7.5-acre vineyard located in the heart of Pomerol’s famed plateau. The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 La Fleur de Gay offers raspberry, blueberry, floral, graphite, and toasty oak characteristics, medium to full body, beautiful richness and purity, and a nicely layered texture. With low acidity, outstanding concentration, and a long finish, this beauty should age effortlessly for 12-15 years.

V 91
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

Good red-ruby. Plum, smoked meat, caramel, dark chocolate and mocha on the nose. Plush and suave but not overly sweet; rich for the year but without the grip of the most structured vintages. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and lingering sweetness.

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Chateau La Fleur de Gay

Chateau La Fleur de Gay

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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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A prestigious and distinctive region for red wines in northwestern Italy...

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A prestigious and distinctive region for red wines in northwestern Italy, Piedmont is responsible for some of the country’s longest-lived, most sought-after wines. Set in the foothills of the Alps, the terrain consists of visually stunning rolling hills. The most prized vines are planted at higher altitudes on the warmer, south-facing slopes where sunlight exposure is maximized. The climate is continental, with cold winters and hot, muggy summers. Despite the rain shadow effect of the Alps, precipitation takes place year-round, and a cooling fog provides moisture that aids in the ripening of grapes.

Easy-going Barbera is the most planted grape in Piedmont, beloved for its trademark high acidity, low tannin, and juicy red fruit. However, the most prized variety is Nebbiolo, named for the region’s omnipresent fog (“nebbia” in Italian). This grape is responsible for the exalted wines of Barbaresco and Barolo, known for their ageability, firm tannins, and hallmark aromas of tar and roses. Nebbiolo wines, despite their pale hue, pack a pleasing punch of flavor and structure, and the best examples, when made in a traditional style, require about a decade’s wait before they become approachable. Barbaresco tends to be more elegant in style while Barolo is more powerful. More affordable and imminently drinkable Nebbiolo can be found in the larger Langhe area as well as Gattinara, Ghemme, and other less-prominent appellations. Dolcetto is Piedmont’s other important red grape, ready to drink as quickly as Barbera but with lower acidity and higher tannin. White wines are less important here but can be high in quality, and include Arneis, Gavi, and sweet, fizzy wines made from Muscat.

VCNBWP_1069_04_2004 Item# 102681

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