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Expert Picks: François Gay and…François Gay!

Posted on | February 9, 2016 | Written by Michael Adler | No Comments

Michael Adler 5.29.15Today I’m focusing on two outstanding red Burgundies sourced from the storied hill of Corton and produced by a longtime favorite estate, Domaine François Gay. A relatively small estate, François Gay produces around 3,400 cases per year, and most of the wine goes to restaurants and loyal customers within France. However, a small amount is allocated for export and IWM is lucky enough to be one of the very few retailers in the States who can offer these wines vintage after vintage. In terms of quality-to-price ratio, Burgundy doesn’t get much better than this! I’ve chosen two Corton wines for today, but the estate also produces some outstanding Savigny-les-Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune and Ladoix, both village-level and premier cru. Burgheads who love perfectly balanced, transparent wines of great depth and aromatic complexity need look no further than Domaine François Gay!

François Gay 2010 Aloxe-Corton $57.99

This beautiful 2010 Aloxe-Corton is entering its drinking window and will continue to thrill Burgheads for years to come. A structured, aromatic Pinot, Gay’s ‘10 Aloxe-Corton offers pretty aromas of red and blue fruit, crushed stone, wildflowers and soft spice, and it’s a perfect complement for hearty winter meals. It achieves the elusive goal of providing both power and finesse, tannins and fruit, and acid and structure, and it will not disappoint. In the realm of sub-$60 red Burgundies, you’d be hard pressed to find a wine that’s more representative of its appellation. Drink up!

François Gay 2012 Corton-Renardes Grand Cru $109.99

The 2012 François Gay Corton-Renardes is downright impressive, though it will certainly benefit from a few more years in the cellar. Still quite a young wine, it shows gorgeous notes of dark cherry and berry fruit, saline minerals and a savory umami note that defies definition. The estate’s flagship wine, it represents the pinnacle of Gay’s achievement and it’s a fitting testament to the wonderful work this estate has been doing of late. This is a wine to buy by the case and watch as it grows more beautiful by the week.


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