As I wrote last year, this is unquestionably the finest La Fleur de Gay produced since the back-to-back vintages of 1989 and 1990. A 100% Merlot cuvee cropped at a low 28 hectoliters per hectare, it has put on even more weight and richness since 2006. There are approximately 1,000 cases of this brilliant Pomerol that exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of black raspberries, blueberries, charcoal, truffles, and subtle espresso and toasty oak notes. Full-bodied, beautifully textured, opulent, and fleshy with exceptional precision as well as clarity, this fabulous effort will need 5-7 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 25 or more years.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91
Loads of coffee, berry and spice on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a round, caressing finish. Balanced wine. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Author: James Suckling
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89
Medium red-ruby. Full-blown nose offers plum, musky coffee, mocha, meat, tobacco and toasty oak. Sweet and fat on entry, then musky and a bit funky in the middle, offering flavors of dark plum, chocolate, game and oak. Today I don't find the fleshy substance of the vintage's better examples, and the finish shows a slight oaky dryness. A bit sauvage too.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2008
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Rich and voluptuous with quite a bit of meat extract and softness. Much more forward than most but a good drink. Note drinking dates!