Chateau Le Gay has a long history as a Bordeaux wine estate in the Pomerol appellation that dates all the way back to the mid 1850’s when it was known as Domaine du Gay. The estate takes its name from its location as the lieu-dit is called Le Gay. In 1872, the owners sold part of the property to the Greloud family which helped give birth to Chateau Lafleur. At one point in time, starting slightly after the conclusion of World War 1, Chateau Le Gay became the property of the Robin family, eventually passing to the famous Robin sisters in 1946 who also owned the legendary estate of Chateau Lafleur! Therese Robin and Marie Robin owned and managed Chateau Le Gay for six decades! For much of that time, the estate was managed by Jean Pierre Moueix, who produced and sold the wine. Jean Pierre Moueix also purchased portions of the vineyard from the Robin family that were used to increase the size of Chateau La Fleur Petrus. This took place during the 1950’s and again in 1994. Following the death of Therese Robin in 1984, Christian Moueix began managing the estate.
Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, or JP Moueix, is a Bordeaux négociant house founded by Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1937, situated on the Quai du Priourat in Libourne, in the Bordeaux wine region of France. While dealing in wholesale distribution of numerous Right Bank wines, the company also acts as a bulk grape merchant, operates exclusive distribution for select châteaux, and manages its own portfolio of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion estates. The company has 120 employees.
Since Jean-Pierre Moueix began investing in properties of the region in the early 1950s, the company grew to become highly influential in the French wine market, and was instrumental in the rise of the reputation of the Pomerol region. The early purchase of the Saint-Émilion estate Château Magdelainein 1952 and the acquisitions of Pomerol La Fleur-Pétrus in 1950 and châteaux Trotanoy, Lagrangein 1953, while the gradual acquisition of Pétruswas begun in 1961, followed by the assuming the farming of Château Latourà Pomerol in 1962. In 1930 his father, Jean Moueix, had already bought the Saint-Émilion property, Château Fonroque. Later additions to the Moueix portfolio include the Napa valley property Dominus Estate, the Pomerol châteaux Hosannaand Providence, and complete ownership of the Saint-Émilion estate Château Belairthen renamed Chateau Bélair-Monange.
Jean-Pierre Moueix retired in 1978 and died in 2003. In 1991 his son Christian Moueix became president of JP Moueix, while the grandson Edouard Moueix in the company since 2003 is today Deputy General Manager .
We had the pleasure to meet Christian Moueix in an extraordinary vertical tasting of La Fleur-Pétrus organized by WSET Greece. One word is engraved in my mind after that session: “Balance”.
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