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François Gay’s 2017 Triumphant Trio Returns!
December 10, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Burgundy is filled with iconoclastic winemakers, but few rival François Gay for sheer intractability, taciturnity and artistry. If you've never heard of François Gay or drunk the estate's wines, you're not alone. Gay's wines are very much an insider's secret, and even as François turned over the winery's reins to his son, Pascal, nothing has changed: the wines remain excellent, hard to find, affordable, and delicious.

François Gay's Burgundies are probably among the most difficult Beaune wines to find. It's not only the estate's severely limited production; it's also that the wines are that good. François Gay's Chorey has the complexity of Chambolle; the estate's Aloxe-Corton will make fans of this tiny Burgundy appellation; and the domaine's Corton-Renardes is a sleek, sauvage beast. Burgheads know that it's worth seeking out and snapping up Gay's wines whenever they can. Today, I'm excited to announce that the I managed to secure a new allocation of Gay's 2017 trio, and if you love fine Burgundy, you're going to want all of them.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Have 2017 Burgundies from François Gay
2. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

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Francois Gay Chorey Les Beaune 2017 750ml
Francois Gay Chorey Les Beaune 2017 750ml
Price: $49.99

Fistfuls of juicy black cherries and blueberries dance with earth, licorice, underbrush, violet petals, and spice in this velvety ’17 Chorey-Les-Beaune. Silky tannins and plush fruits meld seamlessly on this wine’s textured, welcoming palate--it’s a delectable wine! Coming from a tiny village located near Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix and Pernand- Vergelesses, Gay’s Chorey-Les-Beaune offers a touch of greatness at a very affordable price; there’s plenty of beautiful, old-vine fruit in this vintage. A gorgeous, hard-to-find Burgundy, this village-level Chorey-Les-Beaune drinks more like a top Beaune premier cru. more info
Francois Gay Aloxe Corton 2017 750ml
Francois Gay Aloxe Corton 2017 750ml
Price: $75.99

Round yet lively, and fruit-laden yet earthy, this ’17 Aloxe-Corton offers a rustic, elegant take on its vintage. Sumptuous red and blue fruits mingle with warm loam, baking spices, new leather, and kisses of minerals and flowers in this open-knit Burgundy. Fine-grained tannins layer with tart, vivid acidity as this wine glides to its sustained and nuanced finish. Sitting in the shadow of its more famous neighbor, Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix is virtually unknown, and Gay’s interpretation is one of the best. Gay’s Aloxe-Corton is a favorite of in-the-know Burgheads, and this 2017 is a gem! more info
Francois Gay Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2017 750ml
Francois Gay Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2017 750ml
Price: $139.99

A kaleidoscopic, slightly feral wine, François Gay’s ’17 Corton-Renardes lives up to its name. Ripe, rich cherries and berries cavort with mushrooms, fresh loam, smoky minerals, pressed violet petals, licorice and a touch of animale in this captivating, silky wine. This Corton-Renardes shows beautiful balance among its elements; chewy tannins find their match in elegant, persistent acidity, while sweet fruits meld with savory minerals. This is a gorgeous Corton-Renardes! François Gay’s "tête de cuvée," this Corton-Renardes derives from a tiny limestone and clay vineyard just above Corton-Bressandes, and it is a consistent hit with IWM’s Burgundy-loving clients. This ’17 Corton-Renardes delivers on the wine’s reputation, and this vintage is especially dense and elegant. more info