Château Giscours, 3eme Cru Classé, Margaux, 2017

  Château Giscours

Château Giscours, 3eme Cru Classé, Margaux

This was a very disappointing UGC tasting. The Giscours 2017 has rather strange German Riesling aromas followed by heavily extracted earthy dark fruit. There is little charm and the tannins are quite brutal. Giscours is never very edifying at this stage - we cannot recall an en primeur sample that charmed us, but some sort of metamorphosis happens in barrel as this wine often develops far better than anticipated.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Giscours

Giscours is a 3ème Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Margaux.

Appellation: Margaux

The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.

The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc

The hallowed Bordeaux trinity of grape varieties that form the stock left bank blend. Cabernet's Sauvignon's acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, and Cabernet Franc's finesse and freshness. This classic combination has worked so successfully in Bordeaux that it is now mirrored the world over, particularly in warm sunny climates such as the Languedoc, Tuscany, South Africa, Australia and Napa Valley.