2009 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
This is so pretty and elegant with wonderfully integrated, fine tannins with flower, berry and cherry character. Full body with tightly wound tannins and a fresh finish. Already so enticing. Better in 2015.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another major sleeper of the vintage, this consistently well-made wine (another consulting job by Stephane Derenoncourt) has hit pay dirt. It came in at 14% natural alcohol, with a final blend of 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vivid, explosive black cherry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some subtle charcoal as well as loamy soil and tobacco leaf notes are all present in the complex aromatics. Full-bodied, fleshy, without a hard edge to be found, this velvety-textured wine is ideal for drinking over the next 2-4 years. Who said Bordeaux doesn’t produce terrific wines at low price points?
Lively and racy and sleek. Much more fruit than in most vintages. Dry finish.
Polished and direct, with a beam of black cherry preserves, blueberry and sweet spice notes, all framed with a cocoa edge. Shows solid flesh and good focus through the finish.
*+V Black raspberry and toasted cherry aromas. A very sweet palate. Ralph Sand's favorite.