1982 Le Gay

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / POMEROL
abv 13.0%
  • 92 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 78 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52873-1982-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    A Pomerol with delicious fruit and ripeness. Deep ruby-garnet color, with cherry, tobacco and green olive aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long dark chocolate and berry aftertaste.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    An impressive performance by this back-strapping, old style, tannic, youthful blockbuster, the 1982 Le Gay reveals purple nuances in its dark ruby color, followed by notes of minerals, smoke, jammy blackberry and cherry fruit, medium to full body, and mouth-coating levels of tannin.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15

    Lively colour. Dense crimson. Sweet, black cherries on the nose but the overall impression is a bit too flash with a lack of freshness on the palate. Not for me.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Saturated full red. Aromas of candied red berries, mushroom, dark chocolate, minerals and menthol. Dense and rich but chunky; boasts very good vinosity and considerable power. Slightly rustic leather and earth notes. Finishes with strong, chalky tannins and excellent persistence. Long on personality. Drink now through 2010.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Self | Rating: 50

    Flawed bottle.
    Author: John Griffin
  • Self | Rating: 84

    Good color, but something |off| in the nose. This bottling is known for variation. The strange and unpleasant taste and aroma (fishy?) overtones detracted from the supple fruit. Disappointing.
    Author: Burghound56
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    Author: Gore V
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 138 bottles owned
  • 33 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 67
    (Out of 33 collectors)