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 offers lovely depth, density and volume. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum and smoke meld together. The style is ripe and extracted, with considerable oak influence that does cover the fruit to some extent and leaves the wine with a bit of wood tannin, at least at this early stage. Still, it is, this warm site on gravel and limestone soils is clearly capable of making interesting wines. The blend is 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)
Offers a plum skin coating over the ripe cherry and blackberry fruit flavors, with an open, lightly toasted finish. (Web—2015) (JM)