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Expert Picks: François Gay and…François Gay!

Posted on | August 12, 2015 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiSeveral years ago, IWM introduced the iconic vigneron François Gay to you. It’s not hyperbole to say that Gay’s wines are among the most difficult to procure in Beaune. He’s a guy who sells 90-95% of his wine from his front door to the greatest restaurants in France and to a few friends, and he only makes 3000 cases to begin with. Quick math will tell you that just 150-200 cases are left for the rest of the world to enjoy.

The 2013 vintage is quite special. Although it was one of the most difficult years, the final product ended up being truly magnificent for the best producers. The grapes developed amazing phenolic ripeness, yet they were able to retain their acidity. The ’13s are wines that will appeal to every Burgundy lover, and it’s tragic that there is so little to go around. Here are two of Gay’s ’13 wines that I think you will adore.

François Gay 2013 Ladoix $44.99

Sitting at the foot of the hill of the same name, Ladoix is the northern most village in the Côtes de Beaune. Over the past 150 years, this region received little love from wine experts, though those in the know will now tell you that some of the happiest surprises have been coming out of Ladoix. This offering from Gay is smooth and silky with vivacious fruit; it’ll pair beautifully with the best roast chicken and potatoes you can muster. Drink now to 2025.

François Gay 2013 Corton-Renardes Grand Cru $109.99

Grand cru Burgundy represents 1-3% production of the entire region, but despite the rarity of these wines, you can still find a steal. Okay, you won’t be able to find any Clos de Bèze for a bargain, but look to the slopes of Corton in particular for your affordable grand cru bottlings. The wines of Francois Gay are remarkably well priced, and you will find serenity in their Corton Renardes. I have often seen this wine outshine bottles sold at 60-100% higher prices. Drink 2017 to 2028.

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