2010 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières Côtes de Blaye (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)
Ripe nose with blueberries and wild strawberry. Sweet spice and some licorice. Wonderful sweet fruit on the palate with a smooth texture and soft fine tannins. Full-bodied and super round with great pure fruit and depth. Drinks already well now. But better in 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A consistent overachiever, Gigault Cuvee Viva's 2010 (100% Merlot fashioned under the guidance of Stephane Derenoncourt) was made from yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and achieved 14% natural alcohol. Fat and plump, it offers abundant aromas of coffee beans, plum sauce and black cherry jam as well as a lush, hedonistic personality. Although not complex, it delivers lots of fruit, glycerin and thrills. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.
Nicely taut, with a mix of damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit racing along, carried by a bright iron note and picking up floral and bergamot notes on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2016.
Firmly tannic yet with enough sense of juicy fruit to act as a balance, this is a fine, rich wine, showing power and concentration with a solid, ripe structure. Give this wine at least five years to soften and round out.