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Michel Gay


For several years now Françoise Gay is our quiet tip for a good Chorey-les-Beaune that has also reasonable prices. Because he was too busy this year, we visited his brother Michel for a change whose estate is only some hundred yards away.


Chorey-lès-Beaune 1997
Morellos. In the fragrance pleasant aromas of sucked cherry stones. Good acidity, warmth, good tannin. Good, basic Chorey. (50 FF)

Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Serpentieres 1997
Dark colour. Dark fruit, black currant, good wood. Notes of vanilla. (70 FF)

Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 1997
More closed, harder tannins, blackberries. More potential than the Serpentieres. Fine. (70 FF)

Beaune 1er Cru Les Toussaints 1997
Morellos. Vanilla in the fragrance and in the taste. Certain sweetness. Cherries. Rather full bodied, warmth. (77 FF)

Aloxe-Corton 1997
Good colour. Full and intensive fragrance, spicy, earthy. in the mouth notes of wood, cherries, good acidity, long finish, a bit hot, rather rich. Good Aloxe-Corton. (81 FF)

Aloxe-Corton 1996
Fuller tannins. Strawberry. Good, strong acidity, embedded wood. (84 FF)

Corton-Renardes Grand Cru 1997
Darker. Enclosed, earthy, black currant, full bodied, lots of vanilla, pepper on the tongue, ideas of litchi (!). Rich and pleasant. (152 FF)

We liked the wines from Aloxe-Corton best. His brother's Françoise ones are perhaps a bit more polished - but what had to be proved in a direct comparison. Altogether they have great similarities. They are wines that wouldn't count to the greatest of their appellation, but nevertheless are recommendable and very thankful in the price.

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