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Ch. Giscours - 2019 New Release Review

With the first vines planted back in 1552, one of the largest estates in Margaux, 3rd growth Ch. Giscours has a very rich history. Bought in 1995 by the late Eric Albada Jelgersma, recent vintages have seen the huge care, time and money invested into meticulously reinvigorating this beautiful Château pay dividends.

Ch. Giscours is a château showing consistent improvements and the 2019 is a fine addition to a string of wonderful recent vintages. Alexander Van Beek, in a zoom presentation last week stated that this will be a Ch. Giscours with “enormous longevity”. 

2019 Ch. Giscours is a lovely wine and displays the progress made here by Alexander and his team. This is a wine for the long-term and it will not disappoint should you choose to take a case or two.  

‘This is serious Giscours’ Jane Anson

‘Serious’ James Suckling

“Lovely rich Margaux fruit on the nose with hints of Graves-like minerality adding complexity. Lovely fruit on the palate, but oh so restrained and refined, very Margaux and very Giscours. Power is here but it’s very much iron hand in velvet glove. A great wine and the best 2019 Margaux that I have tasted. Drink 2026-2050.” 

Chris Pollington, Private Account Manager, June 2020

“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.”

94/100 Jane Anson, Decanter

“Lots of deep blue fruit with blackberries and grape skins, as well as tar and asphalt. Lead, too. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight with powerful, defined tannins, surrounded by attractive ripe fruit. Serious. Reminds me of the excellent 1975. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot.” 

96-97/100. James Suckling, June 2020

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