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Chateau Gigault Cuvee Viva Cotes de Blaye Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Gigault Cuvee Viva Cotes de Blaye Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Gigual was created in 1998. The owner, Christophe Reboul Salze, named Cuvee Viva from Chateau Gigault, after his late daughter who passed away that same year in 1998. Located on the left bank of the Gironde River, directly across from Haut-Medoc, is the Premières Côte de Blaye appellation, Chateau Gigault Cuvee Viva was the second purchase of a Bordeaux chateau for Reboul Salze. Their first estate was Chateau Les Grands Marechaux, also located in the Cotes de Blaye appellation. That property was bought the previous vintage in 1997. Aside from being a Bordeaux wine maker, Christophe Reboul is also well known as a Bordeaux wine negociant with his company, The Wine Merchant.
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The Gigault Cuvee Viva vineyard totals 17.7 hectares in the Cotes de Blaye appellation. The terroir is clay and limestone with occasional silica deposits. The vineyard is planted to 5,500 vines per hectare with vines that are on average, 30 years of age. The vineyard for Gigault Cuvee Viva is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard management techniques include soils that are mechanically tilled, crop covering for every third row, deleafing and extensive crop thinning for low yields. To make sure they could produce the best wines possible with Chateau Gigault Cuvee Viva, one of the first things the new owners did was hire Stephane Derenoncourt as their consultant.

The wine of Gigault Cuvee Viva is whole berry fermented. Vinification takes place in a combination of small, cement vats and stainless steel tanks that vary in size. To allow for precise vinification on a parcel by parcel basis, the vats range in size from as small as 35 hectoliters to as large as 114 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of oak barrels and vat. The wine of Gigault Cuvee Viva is aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for an average of 14 months. Even though the vineyard includes 10% Cabernet Franc, Gigault Cuvee Viva is often close to 100% Merlot. On average, the production of Chateau Gugualy Cuvee Viva is close to 3,800 cases per year. There is a second wine, Chateau Gigualt.

Chateau Gigault Cuvee Viva is another candidate for one of the top Bordeaux value wines from the various Satellite Appellations.

www.chateau-gigault.fr

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Gigault Cuvée Viva

    1. Simple, medium bodied, red berry dominated wine with a fresh finish. 84-86 Pts

      85 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Gigault Cuvée Viva

    1. Simple, medium-bodied with a forward, spicy red berry finish. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Gigault Cuvée Viva

    1. From 100% Merlot, the wine was whole berry fermented and aged in 33% new oak is medium bodied with a red cherry personality. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Gigault Cuvée Viva

    1. Open for business with its espresso bean, black cherry and cocoa scented nose, the wine is soft, polished and round, with a lush textured, black raspberry finish. Produced from 100% Merlot, this is a solid Bordeaux value wine.

      89 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Gigault Cuvée Viva

    1. 2009 Gigault Cuvee Viva, from 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc, is a supple styled, ripe wine that will give good value for the buck and drink well on release. 86-88 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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