Something about Giscours
Classified as a Third Growth Chateau in 1855, Chateau Giscours has a long and rich history which can be traced to the 14th century and in 1855. In 1995, the chateau was bought by Eric Albada Jelgersma, who also owns neighboring Chateau du Tertre, who invested in modernizing its cellars and vineyards. Today, the property comprises 83 hectares, 60% of which are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Chateau Giscours wine acquires is complexity of aromas through months of aging in oak barrels.
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The 2005 Giscours is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and the rest tiny dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from this huge estate. It has loads of blue, red and black fruits, licorice, spice, a touch of background oak and earth. It is medium to full-bodied, offering up sweet, velvety tannins and impressive purity and length. This wine is already showing quite well and should continue to evolve gracefully for another 12-15+ years. Drink 2015-2030.
The Château Giscours 2005 is more youthful in appearance than the du Tertre '05. The nose is more backward but possesses greater breeding: blackberry, raspberry, cedar and just a touch of blueberry developing in the glass, gaining in confidence all the time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This feels dense in the mouth, understated at first but wonderfully proportioned towards the long finish. There is a great sense of energy here, real frisson. This is surely one of the best Giscours in recent years. Drink 2017 - 2040
This is a beautiful Giscours with tension and finesse. It's full-bodied and shows plenty of berry and spice character, not to mention a long, silky-textured finish. It seduces you with each sip. Why wait?
Tasted blind. Complex, refined, well-integrated bouquet. Fully evolved and a bit leathery on the end. Not for technopurists but a fair drink for now. Pinched finish. Drink 2014-2025