As always, there is an elegance to the La Fleur de Gay, but the tell-tale flowery, raspberry jam, and blueberry pie notes jump from the glass along with hints of graphite and truffle. Deep, rich, full-bodied and textured, with sweet tannin and a stunning elegance and purity, this beauty that can be approached now or cellared for 20-25 years.
From a property now run completely by Chantal Lebreton since her brother, Dr. Alain Raynaud, sold all his interests, this wine, which boasts Michel Rolland as the consultant, comes from the very choice, 7.5-acre parcels of the larger Le Croix de Gay vineyard. The average age of the vines is 35 years and the blend is relatively simple – 100% Merlot, aged mostly in new oak. The alcohol here is just over 14.5%.