2020 Château Vray Croix de Gay, Pomerol, Bordeaux

2020 Château Vray Croix de Gay, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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2020 Château Vray Croix de Gay, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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Merlot 75%, Cabernet Franc 25%

We have not been able to taste this wine. This is perhaps one of the last undiscovered jewels of the Pomerol plateau. The vineyard is split into several plots. One of the two major parts is close to Petrus and Lafleur, the other close to Trotanoy and Le Pin. With these riches, it’s little surprise that Artémis Domaines (owners of Ch. Latour) took an interest and were in sole control since 2017, until selling to the owners of Ch. Calon Ségur in ’20. Jean-Claude Berrouet (ex-Petrus) consults here.

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Jane Anson95/100
Wine Advocate92-94/100
Jeb Dunnuck91-93/100
Jane Anson95/100
This is juicy, measured, full of life and has striking fruit, vibrant with a crushed mint finish. From the first moments it shows a freshness and a momentum that gives the abundant tannins a flexibility. Biodynamic farming here. New owners Suravenir Assurance of Calon Ségur, but still Penelope Godefroy as technical director.
Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021) Read more
Wine Advocate92-94/100
A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Vray Croix de Gay has 14.1% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple in color, it gives up wonderfully pure notes of black and red cherries, mulberries and fresh blackberries, plus suggestions of licorice, lavender and forest floor. The medium-bodied palate is elegant and refreshing with soft, approachable tannins and a perfumed finish. A very pretty, polished Pomerol!
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (May 2020) Read more
Jeb Dunnuck91-93/100
Another beautiful Pomerol in the vintage, the 2020 Château Vray Croix De Gay reveals a deep purple hue as well as loads of red, blue, and black fruits supported by complex notes of graphite, charcoal, and scorched earth. Medium-bodied on the palate, with plenty of fruit, good mid-palate density, and some chewy tannins, give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 15.
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (May 2020) Read more

About this WINE

Chateau Vray Croix de Gay

Chateau Vray Croix de Gay

Pomerol - owned by SCE Baronne Guichard, this 4 ha property produces on average 1, 300 cases per year. Located in the far east of the Pomerol appellation, the property shares a similar climate to that enjoyed by both St.Emilion & Pomerol: more continental than the maritime Médoc with generally more spring rainfall, though less in summer & winter. Its vineyards (Merlot 80%; Cabernet Franc 15%; Cabernet Sauvignon 5%) lie on clay-gravel, with sand soils. Vinification includes 18 months' wood maturation, 30% new oak.

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Pomerol

Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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