($116-$135) Dark red-ruby. Plum, mocha, minerals and coffee on the nose. Supple, lush and sweet, with captivating flavors of raspberry, toffee, coffee, mocha and iron. Wonderfully pliant and appealing Pomerol, finishing with sweet, tongue-dusting tannins and excellent length. (A second bottle of roughly equal quality showed a more serious tannic spine and appeared to be in the process of shutting down.)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Dark purple in color, with aromas of coffee, green olive, blackberry and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with very polished yet present tannins and a long, rich, fruity finish. The best Le Gay in years.
Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Tasted blind. Interesting, savoury nose. Then very fluid, fresh, super-fruity palate. Some inkiness. A pretty wine that is less sweet that most Pomerols. Good focus and energy.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
The 2005 Le Gay is a massive, masculine Pomerol, very much in the style of Gazin, but showing much more minerality, abundant blue and black fruits, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and loads of tannin in a youthful, backward style, even at age 10. Give this wine at least another 5-10 years of cellaring and drink it over the following quarter-century.