Ch Giscours, now owned by a Dutchman, Eric Albada Jelgersma, is once again producing superb wines. This 2004 is extremely classy with great depth of currant and hedgerow fruit. Gently oaky, quite mineral and long, this is good a Giscours as we have tasted for some years. Drink 2011-2022
A big, smoky, tapenade, plum, black currant, and spring flower-scented nose is followed by a medium to full-bodied, textured, layered wine with sweet tannin, low acidity, and impressive concentration as well as depth. This is a gorgeous, hedonistic yet complex Margaux to drink now and over the next 12-14 years. Drink 2007-2021
This precise, deep ruby/purple-tinged Margaux exhibits broad, sweet flavors, good structure, medium to full body, moderately high tannin, but not as much seductiveness as its stable mate, Du Tertre. It is a fresh, serious, ageworthy 2004 to enjoy between 2009-2020+. A blue/black/purple color is accompanied by gorgeous aromas of black tea, incense, blackberries, licorice, smoke, and currants. While atypically full-bodied, opulent, and rich for the vintage, the wine's superb proportions, sweet tannin, and good acidity provide definition. Anticipated maturity:2008-2020+
Obviously extremely ripe. Perhaps a slight hint of cheese on the nose? Very ripe and full and round on the front palate. Tannins very well hidden but they are certainly there. A brave winemaking effort with lots of ambition and skill and no obvious excesses. Drink 2015-2024
A diamond in the rough, for many years Château Giscours was an inconsistent performer. In 1995,the estate was sold to Eric Albada Jelgersma, who purchased Château du Tertre two years later. Hisarrival has had a significant impact in terms of quality. As Robert Parker has noted in Bordeaux (2003) his 2001, 2000 and 1999 vintages are "the finest Giscours trilogy to date."
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.