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Château Gigault Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Blaye Cuvée Viva 2005
"Impressive aromas of tar, berry and currant follow through to medium- to full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long finish. Solid as usual...89-91" WS 3/06."A lush, seductive bouquet of black cherries, licorice, roasted herbs, and spice jumps from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Gigault. Medium-bodied with heady glycerin, loads of fruit, beautiful purity, and no hard edges, it should be drunk over the next 3-4 years...89" -WA 04/08
Editorial Reviews for Château Gigault Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Blaye Cuvée Viva
This has a big, spicy, sappy nose with notes of integrated oak and very ripe red fruits featuring a touch of sur-maturitie. Notes of menthol, pine resin and a deep rose toned floral aspect add to the nose in time. Just more than medium bodied with a sweetly fruited entry of slightly confected red fruits this retains juicy acidity and is moderately tannic though the tannins are a touch bitter. Well balanced with strong strawberry fruit and nuances of oaky spice and cocoa adding some complexity to the medium length finish.
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External Reviews for Château Gigault Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Blaye Cuvée Viva
Stephane Derenoncourt is the winemaking consultant behind this terrific, bargain-priced sleeper of the vintage. The blockbuster 2003 Cuvee Viva is an example of a wine that far transcends its humble appellation, and it must be among the greatest values of the vintage. Full-bodied and opulent with oodles of black cherry and cassis fruit, smoked herbs, sweet licorice, and charcoal notes, this stunningly proportioned wine must be tasted to be believed. It should age beautifully for 4ndash;6 years, but who can resist it now?
This Merlot-based blend may be from one of Bordeauxrsquo;s lesser-known appellations, but it gave a lot of big-name and big-price chacirc;teaus a run for their money in recent top vintages 2000 and 2003. Local negociant-turned-producer Christophe Reboul-Salze bought 35-acre Gigault in 1998 and has worked closely with consulting enologist Steacute;phane Derenoncourt form the outset.
One of my favorite inexpensive offerings from the Blaye region, this deep ruby/purple-colored 2005 reveals relatively big tannin for its style along with plenty of blackberry and earthy fruit, and impressive body, density, glycerin, and alcohol (14% ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Gigault, Chateau Cuvee Viva 750ml
Ripe cherry and berry, with a meacute;lange of fresh herbs, olive and a hint of coffee and chocolate on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, intense and silky, with loads of fruit pushing through the long finish. Delicious even now. This is always excellent value. Best after 2009.
Wow. Just as I remember it from barrel. This is really beautiful on the nose, with plum, blackberry and spice. Medium- to full-bodied, with a solid core of silky tannins and a medium-to-long finish. All in finesse. A real beauty. Delicious. In harmony. Best after 2007.
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