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2009 Château La Fleur de Gay

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ITEM 8317616 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
josher 1 $100 $100
12 $100
Item Sold Amount Date
I8355204 6 $100 Jul 31, 2022
I8329765 1 $100 Jul 17, 2022
I8317616 1 $100 Jul 10, 2022
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RATINGS

95Robert M. Parker Jr.

...flowery, raspberry jam, and blueberry pie notes jump from the glass along with hints of graphite and truffle. Deep, rich, full-bodied and textured, with sweet tannin and a stunning elegance and purity...

93Wine Spectator

Captivating nose melds blackberry, tobacco, lead pencil, Old Bay and sexy oak spices. Silky-sweet, rich and spicy in the mouth, with notes of herbs and juniper berries accenting the powerful dark fruit flavors.

93Stephen Tanzer

Captivating nose melds blackberry, tobacco, lead pencil, Old Bay and sexy oak spices. Silky-sweet, rich and spicy in the mouth, with notes of herbs and juniper berries accenting the powerful dark fruit flavors.

PRODUCER

Château La Fleur de Gay

Château La Fleur de Gay is a 10-acre estate in Pomerol. It is owned by the Raynaud and Lebreton families, who also own Château La Croix de Gay. La Fleur de Gay, which debuted with the 1982 vintage, is considered the luxury cuvee of La Croix de Gay. La Fleur de Gay is made from grapes from La Croix de Gay’s oldest Merlot vines, located between Château Petrus and Vieux-Chateau-Certain. About 15,000 bottles are produced annually. Robert M. Parker Jr. notes that “it is a wine characterized by a compelling opulence and sweetness, as well as exceptional purity of fruit.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux’s red wine producing regions, with only about 2,000 acres of vineyards. Located on the east side of the Dordogne River, it is one of the so-called “right bank” appellations and therefore planted primarily to Merlot. Pomerol is unique in Bordeaux in that it is the only district never to have been rated in a classification system. Some historians think Pomerol’s location on the right bank made it unattractive to Bordeaux-based wine traders, who had plenty of wine from Medoc and Graves to export to England and northern Europe. Since ranking estates was essentially a marketing ploy to help brokers sell wine, ranking an area where they did little business held no interest for them. Pomerol didn’t get much attention from the international wine community until the 1960s, when Jean-Pierre Moueix, an entrepreneurial wine merchant, started buying some of Pomerol’s best estates and exporting the wines. Today the influential Moueix family owns Pomerol’s most famous estate, Château Pétrus, along with numerous other Pomerol estates. Pomerol wines, primarily Merlot blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, are considered softer and less tannic than left bank Bordeaux.