2010 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières Côtes de Blaye (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066929 93 points James Suckling

 Nicely taut, with a mix of damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit racing along, carried by a bright iron note and picking up floral and bergamot notes on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2016.  (2/ 2013)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A consistent overachiever, Gigault Cuvee Viva's 2010 (100% Merlot fashioned under the guidance of Stephane Derenoncourt) was made from yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and achieved 14% natural alcohol. Fat and plump, it offers abundant aromas of coffee beans, plum sauce and black cherry jam as well as a lush, hedonistic personality. Although not complex, it delivers lots of fruit, glycerin and thrills. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.  (5/ 2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Nicely taut, with a mix of damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit racing along, carried by a bright iron note and picking up floral and bergamot notes on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2016.  (3/ 2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 Firmly tannic yet with enough sense of juicy fruit to act as a balance, this is a fine, rich wine, showing power and concentration with a solid, ripe structure. Give this wine at least five years to soften and round out.  (3/ 2013)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/18/2013  | Send Email
*V 100% Merlot. Juicy wine, with good texture. A gutsy value.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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France

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Bordeaux

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