Robert Parker 94
One of the top successes of the vintage, the 2008 Le Gay, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc (13.5% alcohol) was produced from tiny yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a sweet nose of spring flowers intermixed with blueberries, blackberries, dark raspberries, crushed rocks and white chocolate. Full-bodied, super intense and extremely promising (although it is unusually backward for a 2008), it will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring and may merit an even higher score in a decade or so. It should last for 30+ years, making it one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2046
Very dark. Intense, liquorice nose. Dry finish. Really quite angular. Chewy end and very ambitious. Serious intent!
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
The 2008 Le Gay has a very refined bouquet with intense, quite pure blackberry, briary and black truffle scents, an engaging sense of mineralité and terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very good density, a sinewy Le Gay that is bold and structured. My only quibble? It just lacks the complexity and finesse on the finish. (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual 10-Year On tasting.)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030