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Chateau Giscours 2015
2015 Bordeaux Future Pre-Sale Offer, Margaux

Chateau Giscours 2015
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
Margaux, 3rd Growth
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
92
Wine Enthusiast
94
Wine Advocate
94
2015 Bordeaux Future Pre-Sale Offer - Pauillac
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Decanter: Slightly smoky cassis nose then good florality and fine depth of Cabernet fruit and fine tannins. Has the classic Giscours charm with more weight than usual; will show very well. 92 Points
 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
Margaux, 3rd Growth
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
92
Wine Enthusiast
94
Wine Advocate
94
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Wine Spectator: Solid, with warm plum, fig and blackberry reduction notes, inlaid with a lovely alder accent. Flows beautifully through the long, velvety finish. 92 - 95 Points
Ratings
Jancis Robinson: Dark crimson. Relatively light nose. Very luscious sweet fruit on the palate - a very winning wine with a medium charge of tannin. Just a little inky on the finish. But good and appetising. Drink 2023-2035 17 Points
Awards
Wine Advocate: The 2015 Giscours is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. That is in stark comparison to older vintages, for example the 2000 Giscours that was 50/50 Cabernet and Merlot. This vintage is matured in 50% new oak. Winemaker Alexandre Van Beek told me that the 2015 "...reflects the true terroir at Giscours that created the great wines of the 1960s and 1970s." That is something to live up to with fresh memories of the 1961 in my brain. The bouquet is very intense and almost "untamed" at first, but it calms down in the glass, revealing attractive scents of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and graphite. This is a Giscours determined to make a good impression...and it does. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure, a little spicier than recent vintages, adorned with a gentle crescendo in the mouth towards a really quite fantastic, tensile, complex and compelling finish. Having tasted the 1961 and 1970 Giscours just a few months ago, I wager that the 2015 will be the best since the 1961. Time to fall back in love with this great Margaux property. 94 - 96 Points
Production Notes
Giscours's wine is typically a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine is then aged in small oak barrels (30-40% new) for 18 months. Giscours produces richly aromatic wines that are surprisingly powerful on the palate, displaying ripe, black fruit with hints of cedar and new oak
Other Notes
Château Giscours is one of the largest Margaux properties and now producing wine worthy of its 3ème Cru Classé status. It is located in the commune of Labarde and has over 80 hectares of vineyards. Giscours was in a dire state when it was acquired by Nicholas Tari in 1952. He invested heavily and the quality of the wine improved beyond recognition. In 1995 he sold up the property to Dutch businessman Eric Albada Jelgersma.
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