"La Fleur de Gay", this is no secret, is in the shadow of more famous Pomerols, which are relatively close to each other in this relatively small wine region. Even more: Fleur de Gay is the so-called "microcuvée" (more popular: the garage wine) of the Croix de Gay estate and is "polished" by Michel Rolland, the jack-of-all-trades. I don't know if his secret model are the wines of Château Pétrus, because - like them - "Fleur de Gay" also consists of (almost) one hundred percent Merlot grapes. So it is an exceptional Merlot wine? People say this is only the case in particularly good years, otherwise the wine - like so many Pomerols - is rather overpriced and overrated. I can say little about this, because my experience with this cuvée is limited (as with all garage wines). And yet, at one point, I wanted to know. What is it about this wine (price around 100 euro, depending on the vintage)? I bought two bottles of it at an auction - knowing full well that the 1997 is no reference. It is supposed to be - since 1992 - the worst vintage of this cuvee, critics say almost uniformly. Whether it is the worst, I don't know. But for sure it is overpriced. It has - in its current state - simply too little power and depth, which one should actually expect from a high-quality Pomerol. It has a certain elegance, even "that certain something", which I appreciate so much in wines. No standard wine, no powerhouse, but rather the attempt to bring out something independent from this rather modest vintage. Unfortunately, this was not quite successful. At least not for the condition after 16 years. The wine assessors' advice - drink early - would probably not have produced a greater wine experience A different one, perhaps - a fruitier one, a less plummy one, a more lively one. I have a hard time assessing this. After all, the long aging - for me - was worth it. I have certainly not drunk the best - but perhaps the most honest - Fleur der Gay, a wine that shows how much can be "screwed" to a wine by selection and vinification. Then the so-called terroir is no longer decisive, but the high breeding (it is not breeding, but a screwing) of a wine, which makes so many microcuvée. To be quite honest: I prefer the "simpler" Croix de Gay to this special edition - not only because of the price (about a third cheaper), but because of what we like to call origin (typicity) and what is so important to me.