2014 Gigault "Cuvée 'Viva" Premières Côtes de Blaye (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201242 89-90 points James Suckling

 A firm and dense wine for the appellation with chocolate, mineral and berry character. Medium to full body. Long finish.  (3/2015)

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)  (4/2015)

Vinous

 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)  (2/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (12/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Offers a plum skin coating over the ripe cherry and blackberry fruit flavors, with an open, lightly toasted finish. (JM, Web—2015)

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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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Bordeaux

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