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Château Giscours is a serious, thought provoking wine. Dense, black fruit, and intense concentration but with no sense of over-extraction. Remarkably fine tannins that cover its pure core with elegance and ease. More beguiling than its power house 2010 and far more reminiscent of its glorious 2005.
This is a serious Giscours, with medium intensity violet-edged ruby colour. High aromatics on the nose with cumin and cloves, followed by black cherry and cassis fruits that do a good job of filling the palate, and a cooling menthol finish as the tannins close in. Enjoyable overall, succulent yet with precision. Harvest lasted for an entire month, from September 11 to October 12, the longest ever at the estate and a reflection of more precise plot-by-plot work, with vines separated according to age and terroir. Thomas Duclos is consultant here as of the 2019 vintage. A yield of 44hl/ha.
The 2019 Giscours is ripe and extrovert on the nose with exuberant black cherries, blueberry and crushed violets bursting from the glass. This is very seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with a tang of seaweed infusing the black fruit on the entry, segueing into more tarry notes toward the well structured finish. This articulates a sense of completeness that I appreciate. The persistency is impressive. This is a superb, potentially long-term Giscours that may well end up at the top of my banded score.
A very spicy and flavorful, young second wine of Giscours with blackberries, white pepper and black tea. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Structured. A blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot, 9% petit verdot and 9% cabernet franc.
Young 2028 - 2048
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Ready 2017 - 2022
Ready 2012 - 2026