A tight and focused red with dark-berry, light wet-earth and dark-chocolate character. Medium body, firm tannins and a clean finish.
The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 La Fleur de Gay opens with earthy notions of underbrush, dusty soil and mossy bark over a core of red currant jelly and black cherries. Medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy, it has a little dip in the mid-palate but recovers slightly on the finish with some lovely fragrant earth nuances.
The 2017 La Fleur de Gay offers much more concentration than its sibling La Croix de Gay, the vines located central on the gravel plateau bestowing higher quality fruit: crushed strawberry and cranberry, a touch of truffle and smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a fine bead of acidity and a fresh finish with good tension and length. This is a very fine La Fleur de Gay that should age well in bottle.