A strong effort, and certainly the best La Fleur de Gay since the wonderful duo of 1989 and 1990, this dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 exhibits notes of melted licorice intermixed with cocoa and sweet black currants, minerals, and a hint of blueberries. The wine is elegant and medium to full-bodied, with sweet, concentrated fruit, tremendous pinpoint precision to its personality, outstanding purity, and a 40-45 second finish. However, some patience will be required because of high tannin levels.
Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93
Medium ruby. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of red berries, coffee, mocha, leather and sexy oak. Silky-sweet and vibrant, with a layered texture and excellent verve for the vintage. A fairly powerful, structured, minerally version of this wine, already showing lovely inner-mouth aromatic complexity. Finishes very long and fresh, with perfectly buffered tannins. Yields were cut dramatically in 2000, and it shows.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2002
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Rich, ripe, opulent, br–l‚e, almost overripe nose, then impressively ripe fruit - black/purple fruit - mulberries. On the palate, surprisingly, not at all hot. Quite a light finish, with a little bit of inkiness and rusty nails. Masses of quite rough tannins. Not a whole. Dry (as opposed to sweet) finish. Still very young. Relatively cool.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Terrific red. Classy, with coffee, berry and licorice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with silky, caressing tannins and a solid core of ripe, yet subtle fruit. Solid wine here. Very close to the 1998 in quality. 785 cases made.
This wine comes from the best part of La Croix de Gay?s vineyard. Years ago it was a trailblazer but its notoriety has fallen off over the last decade. Great color with deeply colored legs. A big nose of gamy black fruits. Well balanced with long drawn out fruit in the finish.