Château Giscours Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2009

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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.

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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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External Reviews for Château Giscours Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

blueberries


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/13/2013

The finest Giscours in my professional career (I said the same thing from barrel), this dense purple wine has a stunning nose of burning embers, charcoal, creme de cassis, new saddle leather and damp, forest floor notes. It is full-bodied, with excep... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Giscours 6000ml


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

blackberries


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/05/2010

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Giscours 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/09/2010

Subtle and pretty on the nose, with blueberry, blackberry and hints of flowers. Full and very fine, showing a beautiful texture of polished tannins. Wonderfully long and balanced. 53 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 percent Cabernet Franc, and the rest ... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Giscours 1500ml


External Review
06/30/2010

Located in the heart of a beautiful 300-hectare estate, the 83-hectare Giscours vineyard is situated in the famous Margaux appellation. Though the estate was first mentioned in a document dating back to 1330, it was not until 1847 that Count de Pescatore laid the cornerstone of the remarkable chateau that now overlooks the vines. Giscours' wines quality was confirmed by its inclusion as a third growth in the 1855 classification. The estate was purchased by Nicolas Tari after WW II. In 1995, the Chateau's wine growing business was acquired by Eric Albada Jelgersma. The investment he has made in less than a decade mirrors his passionate commitment to bring Giscours back to its former glory.


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

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Giscours Haut Medoc de 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.

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