2007 Château Giscours, Margaux, Bordeaux

2007 Château Giscours, Margaux, Bordeaux

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2007 Château Giscours, Margaux, Bordeaux

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It is reassuring to see that even in a vintage like 2007 Ch. Giscours retains its masculine, cerebral style, albeit with a rare streak of seductive charm. A fragrant, slightly heady, blackberry nose is supported by a dense palate packed full of rich, dried black fruit, creamy morello cherries and licorice. The velvety tannins emerge on the long finish alongside subtle mocha and bitter chocolate notes. This has more elegant Margaux characteristics than usual but its depth and richness mark it out as unquestionably Giscours. One of the few successes in Margaux in 2007
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Chateau Giscours

Chateau Giscours

Château Giscours is one of the largest Margaux properties and now producing wine worthy of its 3ème Cru Classé status. It is located in the commune of Labarde and has over 80 hectares of vineyards.

Giscours was in a dire state when it was acquired by Nicholas Tari in 1952. He invested heavily and the quality of the wine improved beyond recognition. In 1995 he sold up the property to Dutch businessman Eric Albada Jelgersma.

Giscours's wine is typically a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine is then aged in small oak barrels (30-40% new) for 18 months.

Giscours produces richly aromatic wines that are surprisingly powerful on the palate, displaying ripe, black fruit with hints of cedar and new oak.

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Margaux

Margaux

If Pauillac can be seen as the bastion of ‘traditional’ Red Bordeaux, then Margaux represents its other facet in producing wines that are among Bordeaux’s most sensual and alluring. It is the largest commune in the Médoc, encompassing the communes of Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labaude, in addition to Margaux itself. Located in the centre of the Haut-Médoc, Margaux is the closest of the important communes to the city of Bordeaux.

The soils in Margaux are the lightest and most gravelly of the Médoc, with some also containing a high percentage of sand. Vineyards located in Cantenac and Margaux make up the core of the appelation with the best vineyard sites being located on well-drained slopes, whose lighter soils give Margaux its deft touch and silky perfumes. Further away from the water, there is a greater clay content and the wines are less dramatically perfumed.

Margaux is the most diffuse of all the Médoc appelations with a reputation for scaling the heights with irreproachable wines such as Ch. Margaux and Ch. Palmer, but also plumbing the depths, with too many other châteaux not fulfilling their potential. There has been an upward shift in recent years, but the appellation cannot yet boast the reliability of St Julien. However, the finest Margaux are exquisitely perfumed and models of refinement and subtlety which have few parallels in Bordeaux.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Margaux, Ch. Palmer, Ch. Brane-Cantenac, Ch. Rauzan-Ségla , Ch. Dufort-Vivens, Ch. Ferrière, Ch. du Tertre, Ch. Giscours, Ch. d'Angludet.

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate88/100
Jancis17/20
Decanter17.5/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate88/100
Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Giscours has a pleasant mulberry, strawberry and orange blossom-scented bouquet, with the Merlot component quite expressive and lending a Right Bank-like veneer. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, plenty of truffle-infused black fruit with a vein of pencil lead on the finish. This bottle showed better than previous examples, including the one shown at the Giscours vertical in 2015, since it came across less austere. Tasted February 2017.
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Jancis17/20
"Very dark crimson. Fresh, frank, Cabernet aromas. Pretty, lively, scented. A very nice whole. Not forced. Well-judged expression of the vintage. Transparent - not at all heavy. Quite different in style from the much denser Lascombes, for example."
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Decanter17.5/100
Dense purple-red, well extracted, quite assertive Cabernet fruit, powerful yet restrained, big, almost leathery fruit, fleshy and intense for this vintage, very good weight without losing elegance, an impressive, pure wine with a good future. Read more