95 points Wine Enthusiast
Barrel sample. An exemplary wine, this is powerful, rich and full of ripe red fruits. The palate is dark, but brightened by acidity, red fruits and a beautiful line of freshness. (4/2013)
94 points James Suckling
A very polished and pretty wine with plums, berries and light vanilla cream character. Full and refined. I like the seamless tannins. (4/2013)
94+ points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
This is a beautiful, dense, meaty, purple-colored wine, with loads of earth, iron, blackberry and cassis fruit. It is full-bodied, rich and opulent with great length, terrific purity and surprisingly sweeter tannin than I would expect from this terroir that tends to produce a masculine style of wine. Impressive and backward, this Le Gay should drink well for at least 20 years.
93 points Wine Spectator
Features a dark fruit profile, with black currant, steeped blackberry and black cherry notes wound together and lined with Lapsang Souchong tea and singed anise accents. A very solid second wine in ‘12. (4/2013)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.