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Giscours 2013

Deep ruby with a tight rim. The 75% Cabernet fruit gives this 2013 a crunchy dark fruit, tannins, and firm conditioned by a certain natural ripeness from merlot fruit a la style the Commune Larbade, along with tones of violets, pepper and herbal nuances on the nose, which reflect the palate. On the palate, this 2013 Giscours is quite masculine to start; the medium finish is elegant. Some 80% of the malolactic fermentation occurs in the tank, and 20% occurs in the barrel. The wine of Chateau Giscours is aged in 50% new French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. RP and JS scores are low at levels of 90, though WE, from an enjoyment angle, gives a higher 93. The price is played down and is a bargain for a Margaux Cru with ten years behind. The palate combined with fine, ripe tannins and the gentle but balanced structure will give immense drinking pleasure now and over the coming years. Excellent value.

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

This wine is firm with plenty of structured tannins and warm, ripe blackberry fruit that will allow it to develop well. In the great style of Giscours, the wine is concentrated, dense and finished with juicy fruits. Drink from 2020. (RV) (3/2016). Edited.

91 points, James Suckling

A fresh and clean red with bright acidity and lively fruit. Medium to entire body, fine tannins and lively finish. Beautiful intensity on the finish for the vintage. Delicate. Drink or hold. (2/2016). edited.

91 points Vinous

Bright ruby-red. Enticing aromas of minty redcurrant, blueberry, cedar and graphite. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, red and dark berry flavours are lifted by harmonious acidity. Finishes with slightly peppery, youthful tannins and a lingering violet note. (ID) (5/2014). Edited.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Chateau Giscours indeed boasts one of the superior aromatic profiles of the Margaux appellation, with delightful red cherries, fresh strawberry fruit, and an essence of minerality. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins on the entry, although the finish kind of 'stumbles' over the finish line, and the oak feels just a little heavy-handed. Maybe this will sort itself out by the time of bottling. Tasted April 2014. (NM-Wine Journal) (5/2014). Edited.


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