2015 Chateau La Fleur de Gay
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $89.94 (reg. $99.94)
If you’re passionate about Pomerol, you’ll want this. The 2015 La Fleur de Gay is a super-limited production expressing some of the appellation’s top terroir. Robert Parker has called La Fleur de Gay “one of the most magnificent wines of the appellation, rivaling even the great Petrus in complexity and intensity”.
La Fleur de Gay is sometimes spoken about in Burgundian terms, and with good reason. The tiny vineyard is composed of three highly distinctive plots, each with its own unique terroir not unlike the hyper-specific climats of Burgundy. The first is nestled between Petrus and La Fleur Pétrus and boasts the mythical blue clay. The second is a plot of gravel over clay right next to Lafleur. Completing the triumvirate is a gravel plot neighboring Le Pin and Trotanoy and offering excellent drainage. Put all three together, and you’ve got a unique expression of the Pomerol vineyard. The Burgundy comparisons don’t stop with the vines, however. Per Parker, “the wine is vinified a la a great Burgundy, with malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees, and no filtration at bottling.”
La Fleur de Gay 2015 comes highly recommended from all major critics. Per Galloni, it’s an “unctuous, flamboyant Pomerol”, while Suckling calls it a “gorgeous, young wine” with a “full body, round and juicy tannins and a decadent, rich finish”. Jeb Dunnuck calls it “another awesome Pomerol in the vintage”, noting that “this appellation is near the top of the hierarchy in 2015”.
At well under $100 a bottle, The 2015 La Fleur de Gay makes for a savvy addition to any Pomerol collection vis-à-vis many of the other top-tier 2015s out there. They don’t make a lot of this, and what little we have won’t last long, so act now. Cheers!