2014 Gigault "Cuvée Viva," Premières Côtes de Blaye

SKU #1314563 91 points James Suckling

 Fragrant red-cherry and berry notes make this very appealing, and the interplay of bright fruit and ripe tannins is very satisfying. The finish is long and moderately dry. This has the balance and structure for quite long aging. A solid wine. Give it two or three years.  (2/2017)

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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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2018 | 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.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2017 | Send Email
Super value here in a serious wine. This is ripe and juicy with so much cocoa infused cherry fruit that you won't notice the structure holding it all together. Drink this bargain now or lay a few bottles away for a few years and be impressed.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2017 | Send Email
Always a house favorite here at K&L, the 2014 Gigault shows bright, pure red fruits. There is typically a poise and freshness to this wine when it is young, though allied with a classic vintage like 2014 it becomes all the more notable. Also worth mentioning is the fact that this wine - delicious as it is to drink now - ages quite nicely in the mid-term. Best value Bordeaux under $15? I think the answer is an emphatic 'Yes."

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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