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Château Giscours Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

We normally find tasting Giscours at this stage a tad underwhelming to be<br/>honest, tending to buy large quantities (far more expensively I may add) when<br/>it's singing, four to six years after the vintage. Not this year!!!<br/>It's fabulous and definitely in my top 10 (affordable) wines of the<br/>vintage. Really generous without being pushed, intense and concentrated with an<br/>amazingly long finish, this could easily be their greatest vintage, and it<br/>actually surpasses the brilliant 2005. Fantastic.

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

Editorial Reviews for Château Giscours Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065233,907
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Sweet roasted red peppers, dried tomato, spice, cigarbox nose, sweetly vegetal – soft and creamy entry, rich and almost mouthfilling, no detail, flavors are vegetal, sweet and indistinct, finishes hard and dry (83-84)


Member Reviews for Château Giscours Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux

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0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 09/17/2012

Leichte Säure, schön weich, leicht holzig, schon jetzt ziemlich elegant. Ab in den Einkaufskorb!


Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/06/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,871
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/29/2009

Animal and red fruit nose. Extremely complex with forest floor, sweat, red and black fruit (plums and currants). Extremely concentrated. Good finish on tannins. Delicious


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/30/2012

95 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/30/2012

Barnyard funk on the nose. Violets and earthy red fruit. Very nice. Noble feel on the palate. Wonderfully smooth and layered. Lingers nicely. - WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: mistersplice
30149223
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/18/2012

look = 6/10, smell = 15/20, taste = 16/20; total = 37/50

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 05/15/2009

Earthy nose. Silky body with fruit left. Strawberry, balanced acid, huge, structured. Very Bordeauxy. Stately. Light raisin on nose. Subtle. Tannic. Not an ager; ready. Medium body. $40


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External Reviews for Château Giscours Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 05/12/2012

This has nice ripeness, with cassis and blackberry paste flavors allied to sweet tobacco and roasted spice. Has a plump, weighty feel, but good focus, too.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Giscours 6000ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 05/22/2012

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 La Sirene de Giscours 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 05/18/2012

The Giscours 2011 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The nose is fleshy and ripe with lifted strawberry and raspberry aromas, the oak present but well integrated. It has a pleasing purity for the vintage. The palate... Neal Martins Wine Journal. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Giscours 6000ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/15/2013

Fully saturated ruby-purple with inky highlights. Captivating nose of cassis, violet, gunflint and aromatic herbs; this struck me as being very dominated by its cabernet component. Fresh, rich and dense, with palate-staining flavors of dark berries, coffee and cocoa complicated by ink and graphite. Very complex and long, this vintage appears to be a major achievement for Giscours and one of the best wines from this estate in years.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

Bright ruby-red. Cassis, blackberry and licorice pastille on the nose. Then sweet, juicy and energetic in the mouth, with complex flavors of plum, currant, cedar, tobacco and spices along with a gamey nuance. Firmly built but not hard. Finishes with serious but fine-grained tannins and a note of licorice. Still a bit strict today, this wine has the structure to repay aging.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 03/01/2013

2010: It is a little unsettling to realize that 2009 and 2010 may be the greatest back to back Bordeaux vintages produced in the history of the region. The over-achieving Giscours has turned in a great performance in 2010, which possesses an opaque p... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Giscours 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 03/03/2013

Tasted twice at the chateau and the UGC, a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon (the highest ever) and 29% Merlot that cropped at 25-27hl/ha. It has a pH of 3.6 and 13.7% alcohol. I must say, I really love the purity on this nose as dark cherries, cassis ... Neal Martins Wine Journal. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Giscours 750ml


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We normally find tasting Giscours at this stage a tad underwhelming to be<br/>honest, tending to buy large quantities (far more expensively I may add) when<br/>it's singing, four to six years after the vintage. Not this year!!!<br/>It's fabulous and definitely in my top 10 (affordable) wines of the<br/>vintage. Really generous without being pushed, intense and concentrated with an<br/>amazingly long finish, this could easily be their greatest vintage, and it<br/>actually surpasses the brilliant 2005. Fantastic.

Dietary Information: Organic

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Sugar: 750 ml grams per liter

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