2019 Château Gigault, Cuvée Viva, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

2019 Château Gigault, Cuvée Viva, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

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2019 Château Gigault, Cuvée Viva, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

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Chateau Gigault

Chateau Gigault

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Cotes de Blaye

Cotes de Blaye

Côtes de Blaye lies directly north of Côtes de Bourg and produces Bordeaux wines that are broadly similar in style to its neighbour, if perhaps marginally more polished.

The best vineyards are entitled to the appellation of Premières Côtes de Blaye. It is a large appellation, capable of producing over two million cases of wine each year. The port of Blaye itself is worthy of a visit, and there is a small ferry which connects the port with Lamarque on the Left Bank, removing the need for a detour via the city of Bordeaux.

Recommended producers: Ch. Segonzac, Ch. Haut-Bertinerie, Ch. Roland la Garde (an up-and-coming star)

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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