Chateau La Croix de Gay 2005

90+ points

Pomerol, Bordeaux. 13.5%

I don’t buy a lot of Right Bank claret, at least not from the two established appelations of St Emilion and Pomerol. Partly due to lack of acknowledge, and partly to avoid some of the souped up wines that cater more for the American market. There are still lovely elegant wines on the Right Bank but these classy individuals aren’t cheap.

Pomerol is particularly expensive. And especially so in 2005.

But La Croix de Gay is not well known. I’ve encountered it before and was impressed. This half bottle was sent to me by a merchant seeking to impress and it did. It’s classic pomerol, everthing you’d hope for, plummy ripe flavour but with freshness. It’s a class wine with seemingly effortless restraint in oak, alcohol and fruit sweetness.

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