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Château Giscours Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2003

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"91 points Wine Spectator: Aromas of blackberry, black olives and licorice. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and nicely done. Best after 2010. 21,665 cases made. (JS) (3/06) 90 points Robert Parker: Giscours should be taken seriously by consumers as the quality has been ratcheted up over the last 7-8 years. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2003 offers complex, evolved aromatics of wood smoke, chocolate, charcoal, black cherry jam, and cassis. Lush, medium to full-bodied, and broad, with low acidity, copious glycerin, and a layered, persistent finish (it lasts for 40+ seconds), this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years."" (04/06) Steven Tanzer 88: Good full red. Roasted fruits, leather and a whiff of game on the nose. Fat and powerful, with impressive material and volume for this Margaux. Seems rather heavily extracted, but the wine's sweetness is impressive. The young 2005 is finer, though. (05/06) Decanter 3 Stars: (3rd growth) Nice dense black fruits nose, integrated oak. Reasonable fruit and concentration, blackcurrant pastilles, juicy, modest acidity on finish. Drink 2008-13. (04/06) """

Château Giscours:
The first mention made of Château Giscours dates back to around 1330 when it was referred to as a fortified dungeon. In 1552, the estate was sold for 1,000 pounds and was already recognised as a vineyard at this time. Reference is made in the Féret, considered as the bible of Bordeaux wines, of Giscours being served to Louis XIV who, it was said, appreciated the wine. In 1789, t... Read more
The first mention made of Château Giscours dates back to around 1330 when it was referred to as a fortified dungeon. In 1552, the estate was sold for 1,000 pounds and was already recognised as a vineyard at this time. Reference is made in the Féret, considered as the bible of Bordeaux wines, of Giscours being served to Louis XIV who, it was said, appreciated the wine. In 1789, the estate belonged to the Saint-Simon family, from whom it was confiscated in order to become “National Property”. Numerous owners then followed, one of whom was the Count of Pescatore, a great Parisian banker, who ordered the rebuilding of the château in 1847 in a manner to receive the Empress Eugénie. The 1855 classification ranked the wines of Giscours a Margaux 3rd classified growth. Giscours passed from owner to owner, going through a period of decline which only ended when the estate was bought by Nicolas Tari after the Second World War. He undertook a general renovation of the estate, one of the most significant works being the creation of an artificial lake, which is today a key element in Giscours’ microclimate. One of the most important tasks was to find an ecological balance for the vineyard. The restoration of the château was then carried out, followed by an overhaul of the vineyard and cellar equipment. After a run of financial difficulties, the wine growing business of Château GISCOURS brought in the outside investment and acumen of Eric Albada Jelgersma, a Dutch businessman, together with his family. Francophiles for many years now, they fell in love with the Médoc, and since their arrival have spent a part of their time learning the skills of vine growing and wine making. They have invested in the renovation of the vineyard and the cellars and have increased the capital. Eric Albada Jelgersma today owns 100 % of the Château Giscours wine growing business. In January 2001, the business was awarded the certification of its quality system in accordance with the regulations of ISO 9002. This certification guarantees the quality of the wine production from the fermentation, as the grapes arrive at the vat cellar, to the packaging, storage, and shipment of the wine to the customers. This constitutes a commitment to care and attention and to permanent progress in the field of quality. Read less

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06/21/2009

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External Reviews for Château Giscours Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Aromas of blackberry, black olives and licorice. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and nicely done. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Giscours 750ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/03/2010

WS: 91 Points RP: 90 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/17/2010

Aromas of blackberry, black olives and licorice. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and nicely done. Best after 2010. 21,665 cases made. -JS Giscours should be taken seriously by consumers as the quality has been ratcheted up over the last 7-8 years. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2003 offers complex, evolved aromatics of wood smoke, chocolate, charcoal, black cherry jam, and cassis. Lush, medium to full-bodied, and broad, with low acidity, copious glycerin, and a layered, persistent finish (it lasts for 40+ seconds), this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years.


External Review
10/15/2009

Robert Parker 90, Wine Spectator 91.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/19/2014

Aromas of blackberry, black olives and licorice. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and nicely done. Best after 2010. 21,665 cases made. -JS Giscours should be taken seriously by consumers as the quality has been ratcheted up over the last 7-8 years. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2003 offers complex, evolved aromatics of wood smoke, chocolate, charcoal, black cherry jam, and cassis. Lush, medium to full-bodied, and broad, with low acidity, copious glycerin, and a layered, persistent finish (it lasts for 40+ seconds), this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years. ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
03/12/2008

Eric Jelgensma has brought the glory of the 60s & 70s back to this famous estate. His 2003 Margaux, from a very hot vintage, is a stunning, opulent and voluptuously layered wine with notes of blackberries, cassis, licorice and earth.



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"91 points Wine Spectator: Aromas of blackberry, black olives and licorice. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and nicely done. Best after 2010. 21,665 cases made. (JS) (3/06) 90 points Robert Parker: Giscours should be taken seriously by consumers as the quality has been ratcheted up over the last 7-8 years. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2003 offers complex, evolved aromatics of wood smoke, chocolate, charcoal, black cherry jam, and cassis. Lush, medium to full-bodied, and broad, with low acidity, copious glycerin, and a layered, persistent finish (it lasts for 40+ seconds), this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years."" (04/06) Steven Tanzer 88: Good full red. Roasted fruits, leather and a whiff of game on the nose. Fat and powerful, with impressive material and volume for this Margaux. Seems rather heavily extracted, but the wine's sweetness is impressive. The young 2005 is finer, though. (05/06) Decanter 3 Stars: (3rd growth) Nice dense black fruits nose, integrated oak. Reasonable fruit and concentration, blackcurrant pastilles, juicy, modest acidity on finish. Drink 2008-13. (04/06) """

Dietary Information: Kosher

Closure: Cork


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