2009 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

SKU #1084684 92 points James Suckling

 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.  (7/ 2013)

90 points 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?  (2/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Lively and racy and sleek. Much more fruit than in most vintages. Dry finish.  (4/ 2010)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*+V Black raspberry and toasted cherry aromas. A very sweet palate. Ralph Sand's favorite.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/23/2014  | Send Email
I have known Cuvée Viva for a long time, but for some reason, I haven’t drunk it in a while. So what a surprise it was to reconnect with it in our staff tasting. Impeccably done, it is Merlot-plump, with nice cherries, cocoa, and a classic note of tobacco and exotic spices. Soft tannins and ready to drink. Definitely a must try.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/30/2013  | Send Email
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Medium-deep ruby in color, the bouquet offers up tons of black cherry to currants-like fruit notes with mocha to roasted coffee bean undertones, and a hint of slate-like minerality. All of this carries over nicely to a complex, broad, viscous wine in the mouth. Rusty has informed me that this will be one of our every day house wine in five to ten years For those of you who are hung up on points from the wine gods, The Wine Spectator gave this 89 points, Parker gave it 90 points, and Suckling gave it 92 points. 14.0% ABV
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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/19/2013  | Send Email
It is a rare treat to have the owner of a Chateau in Bordeaux pouring his wines for you in Redwood City, and we enjoyed every minute of our time with Mr. Christophe Rebaul at last Saturdays tasting and every sip of his 2009 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières Côtes de Blaye. This cheerful, easy to drink blend of 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon was plump and full of cinnamon and carob flavors. Rich, sweet fruited wines like this are fantastic to drink now and blow the notion of all Bordeaux being expensive out of the water.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 14