2009 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
A soft and fruity wine, with lovely fruit and a lively tangy acidity. Lasts for a long time. Why wait? But will improve with age as well.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another major sleeper of the vintage, this consistently well-made wine (another consulting job by Stephane Derenoncourt) has hit pay dirt. It came in at 14% natural alcohol, with a final blend of 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vivid, explosive black cherry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some subtle charcoal as well as loamy soil and tobacco leaf notes are all present in the complex aromatics. Full-bodied, fleshy, without a hard edge to be found, this velvety-textured wine is ideal for drinking over the next 2-4 years. Who said Bordeaux doesn’t produce terrific wines at low price points?
Polished and direct, with a beam of black cherry preserves, blueberry and sweet spice notes, all framed with a cocoa edge. Shows solid flesh and good focus through the finish.
Lively and racy and sleek. Much more fruit than in most vintages. Dry finish.
*+V Black raspberry and toasted cherry aromas. A very sweet palate. Ralph Sand's favorite.