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La Croix de Gay

Chantal Lebreton
Château La Croix de Gay is located in the historic heart of Pomerol, with family roots in Pomerol going back to 1477.

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.

Château La Croix de Gay
( Pomerol )
Château La Croix de Gay
8 chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle - Lieu-dit Pignon
+33 (0)5 57 51 19 05
The Château in figures
Area under wine

4.20 hectares


20,000 bottles


Clayey-gravel and sandy-gravel overlaying a subsoil rich in ironpan

Grape varieties

98 % Merlot

2 % Cabernet franc

Barrel ageing

18 months

New barrels : 50 %