2014 Gigault "Cuvée 'Viva," Premières Côtes de Blaye (Pre-Arrival)
A firm and dense wine for the appellation with chocolate, mineral and berry character. Medium to full body. Long finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Gigault Cuvée Viva 2014 had a reduced nose when I tasted it, although there was clearly a lot of rich black fruit packed behind. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, well-judged acidity and a boisterous black cherry and iodine finish that should calm down by the end of its élevage. Fine. (NM)
The 2014 Gigault Cuvée Viva has developed nicely. Silky, perfumed and wonderfully nuanced, the wine is all finesse today. Sweet floral notes, bright red stone fruit and soft, polished tannins make this a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next few years. The blend is 96 % Merlot and 4 % Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)
This is a structured wine from 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon that has plenty of fruit. With some firm tannins as well as concentrated blackberry fruit, it is going to be a fine wine. It was created under the direction of consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt's team. Start drinking from 2019. (RV)
Offers a plum skin coating over the ripe cherry and blackberry fruit flavors, with an open, lightly toasted finish. (JM, Web—2015)