Vintage: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Chateau Giscours Margaux
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Ageing: average of 18 months in French oak barrels
A fine deep black red, very expressive black fruits, fine density of fruit, very good natural middle sweetness and lots of depth and vineyard character, shows great elegance, a superb effort.
Aged in high quality oak barrels, the wine acquires its complexity over a period of months, subtly combining aromas of dark fruits and spices with the tannins in the wood, to reach a sublime balance. The complex blending procedure, an important stage in the production of this great wine, requires the most advanced skills of the cellar master and their team. Ultimately, all the traditional qualities of a great Margaux are assembled: the finesse of the tannins, purity, a gentle, refined elegance, and great length on the palate.
Located in the Margaux appellation, in the communes of Labarde and Arsac, Giscours exceptional terroir presents all the quantities required to produce a great wine. The soil components are ideal. Three magnificent gravel hilltops deposited by the Garonne at the beginning of the Quaternary era are one of the key features. The gravel plays a vitally important role, reflecting the sun’s rays and maintaining a stable temperature during the night, thereby providing ideal conditions for the ripening of the grapes.The topography is equally important: an altitude of twenty meters for the hilltops of Petit and Grand Poujeau, and seventeen meters for that of Cantelaude, whose slopes reach down to the château itself, in an east-westerly direction. The gentle climate is another beneficial factor. This subtle balance gives the terroir its undeniable finesse…
Chateau Giscours has a long, rich history, which can be traced back to the fourteenth century. At that time it was a defensive tower overlooking a wild and inhospitable region. The real beginning came in 1552, when Pierre de Lhomme, a wealthy Bordeaux draper, bought a nobleman’s house called “Guyscoutz”; he proceeded to turn it into a vast estate and planted the first vines. Wine production was launched and each of the rich merchant’s successors made their own contribution to this magnificent building. It was in the nineteenth century under the promise of the Pescatore and Cruse families that Giscours gained much of its finery. In 1995, a Dutch businessman, Eric Albada Jelgersma, took over management and set about meticulously renovating the vineyard and buildings to make this prestigious estate fully worthy of its third growth ranking in the 1855 classification.Chateau Giscours - Official Website