Barrel Tasting: Pure and fresh, with violet, cassis and bitter cherry notes racing alongside a light twinge of chalk. A good choice for early drinking while waiting for the bigger wines to mature. (Web Only-2016) (JM)
Decadent and rich red with plum and blueberry aromas. Hints of spices and walnut shell. Full body, round and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Drink in 2020 but already delicious.
The Gigault Cuvee Viva from the hands of Stephane Derenoncourt has an opulent, sensual bouquet with billowing crushed strawberry and Morello fruit - ostentatious at first although it finds more decorum as it mellow in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a crisp line of acidity. I appreciate the substance here, a big mouthful of Merlot, but there is structure and grip here, with good density on the finish. Afford it 2-3 years in bottle and you will have a delicious Côtes de Blaye. (NM)
Racy and refined Gigault with blackberry and blueberry character. Medium to full body, fresh finish. Fine tannins.
Gigault's Cuvée Viva is a real overachiever in this vintage. Plump, flavorful and complex - especially in its peer group - the Cuvée Viva is a terrific, budget-friendly Bordeaux. Sweet red cherry, plum, tobacco, dried flowers and licorice add character and nuance throughout. Drink this 100% Merlot over the next handful of years. Tasted two times. 90+ points. (AG)
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