2003 Gigault "Cuvée Viva", Côtes de Blaye

SKU #1019976 91 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* Wow. Just as I remember it from barrel. This is really beautiful on the nose, with plum, blackberry and spice. Medium- to full-bodied, with a solid core of silky tannins and a medium-to-long finish. All in finesse. A real beauty. Delicious. In harmony.  (3/2006)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon was looked after by Stephane Derenoncourt. It hit 14.5% natural alcohol, which no doubt is helping keep it alive. Still drinkable, delicious and sexy, it possesses good fat, ripeness and a round, seductive mouthfeel. (RP)  (8/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby-red. Nose dominated by cassis and black cherry. Sweet, dense and vinous, with fresh flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate and mint. Finishes with building tannins that are supported by the wine's density of material.  (6/2004)

K&L Notes

Barrel sample according to Clyde Beffa, K&L's Bordeaux Buyer: "90% merlot and 6% cabernet franc and 4% cabernet sauvignon. Our friend and negociant Christophe Reboul Salze has a winner here. Lovely texture. Intense wine with lots of sweetness and good middle. Nice and balanced. Red fruit flavors. 15% natural alcohol and you can't taste it."

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Varietal:

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 M├ędoc 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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Bordeaux

Alcohol Content (%): 14.7