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La Croix de Gay
The 4.2-hectare vineyard is evenly divided between two types of soil: Günz gravel on the upper Pomerol terrace and the southern slope of the plateau. Each of these two terroirs confers distinct characteristics to Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes that contribute to the complexity of the final blend.
The new vat room has been in use since the 2014 vintage and operates uniquely by gravity flow. Fermentation and maceration take place in cement vats, which feature great thermal inertia. The capacity of these unusual small tulip-shaped vats corresponds perfectly to the grapes from each individual plot.
Chantal Lebreton-Raynaud is presently in charge of the estate, guaranteeing that that wine she produces is in keeping with its status of “veritable ferruginous nectar” – as per the 1929 edition of the
Cocks & Féret (“Bordeaux and its Wines”). This is an allusion to a major characteristic of Pomerol’s terroir (ironpan) that gives the wine roundness, makes it approachable young, and contributes typical aromas such as violet and truffle.
Clayey-gravel and sandy-gravel overlaying a subsoil rich in ironpan
98 % Merlot
2 % Cabernet franc
New barrels : 50 %