"Who said Bordeaux doesn't produce terrific wines at low price points?" Robert Parker asks in his review of the 2009 Chateau Gigault Cuvée Viva which he calls a "major sleeper of the vintage." For one, most value Bordeaux isn't made under the stewardship of Stephane Derenoncourt (winemaker at La Mondotte and Canon La Gaffeliere.) Yes, that is the same La Mondotte that scored a 100-point Parker score for its 2009. The 92-Pt Gigault Cuvée Viva is impeccably-crafted, immensely flavored, drinking well now and a steal at this price.
Wine Spectator Review:
Grapey, with lots of mineral and floral aromas that follow through to a full body, with well-integrated tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Love the raspberries. Excellent as usual.
A sleeper of the vintage, this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc (made by Stephane Derenoncourt) exhibits a deep purple color as well as a sweet nose of black raspberries, black currants, and cherry jam, crisp acidity, ripe tannins, and a long, broad, concentrated mouthfeel. The finished alcohol is 14.4%. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years. 89-90 points.