Giscours, Le Dôme and Duhart Milon

The high flying, 94-96 point Chateau Giscours has put in quite a performance this year. Margaux is certainly one of the top performing communes in 2015, and this has certainly caught the eye of Neal Martin. He thinks it ‘will be the best since the 1961’!

‘The 2015 Giscours is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. That is in stark comparison to older vintages, for example the 2000 Giscours that was 50/50 Cabernet and Merlot. This vintage is matured in 50% new oak. Winemaker Alexandre Van Beek told me that the 2015 "...reflects the true terroir at Giscours that created the great wines of the 1960s and 1970s." That is something to live up to with fresh memories of the 1961 in my brain. The bouquet is very intense and almost "untamed" at first, but it calms down in the glass, revealing attractive scents of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and graphite. This is a Giscours determined to make a good impression...and it does. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure, a little spicier than recent vintages, adorned with a gentle crescendo in the mouth towards a really quite fantastic, tensile, complex and compelling finish. Having tasted the 1961 and 1970 Giscours just a few months ago, I wager that the 2015 will be the best since the 1961. Time to fall back in love with this great Margaux property. Drink 2025-2060. 94-96/100'. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Jonathan Maltus’ flagship, Le Dôme, was a standout wine in 2015. Produced from 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, it is impressively concentrated as one would expect, but this also offers a gorgeous aromatic profile, combined with a seriously refined structure. It is certainly up there with the heavenly 2009 and 2010 at this early stage, but if anything, this is more elegant and sophisticated. It really is a stunning example.

‘The 2015 Le Dôme is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot picked on October 2 and 6. It has a clean and precise bouquet, tightly wound at first, gently warming up, developing more delineation and focus. This might be a more understated Le Dôme compared to recent years, but you might argue more sophisticated. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive density, a vein of dark chocolate on the entry that is rapidly overtaken by layers of lightly spiced black fruit. The finish is tightly wound at the moment, but it will open by the time of bottling. What I like here is the fineness of the tannin, something not always exuded by Maltus' top cuvée. It simply expresses the joys of Cabernet Franc and it should age nicely over the next 5-20 years. Drink 2021-2045. 94-96/100’. – Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Our final release is from an old favourite of ours, Chateau Duhart Milon. This Lafite Rothschild estate has had a turbulent ride over the past 10 years, with prices being seriously inflated and deflated by the Chinese market. One thing that has remained on a constant upward trajectory is the quality. Charles Chevallier and his team continue to produce exceptional wines at this excellent 4th Growth Estate. Despite its appeal in the East, the release prices remain resolutely fair, and this often represents one of the best value buys in Pauillac.