Chateau Giscours Margaux 2015
A Classified Growth in 1855, Château Giscours in Margaux produces a wine of great finesse and elegance. Delicacy and power are combined to bring you the elegance expected of a great Margaux wine. The aging potential is between 8 and 20 years or even more for the most exceptional vintages. The 2015 Giscours is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot matured in 50% new oak. Winemaker Alexandre Van Beek is seeking the true terroir at Giscours which created the great wines of the 1960s and 1970s.
The soils of the estate are deep gravels from the Garonne river and sand from the ice Age , planted to 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon - 32 % Merlot - 5 % Cabernet Franc - 3% Petit Verdot with vines averaging about 30 years. All of the grapes are hand-picked followed by hand sorting before fermentation in concrete and stainless steel. Aging takes place in 100 % French oak barrels(fine grain and medium toast), 50% new oak , 50% one year barrels for 15 to 18 months.
Wine EnthusiastCellar Selection. This firm wine shows the tannic side of the vintage. Those tannins are dusty, enriched with black-currant fruits and a dense backdrop. The wine is concentrated and elegant, very ageworthy and not likely to be ready before 2025.
James Suckling"Plenty of violets and dark berries on offer here. This has a striking sense of purity as well as an energetic, regal palate. The structure is impressively groomed with effortless depth and length. A standout wine. Try from 2022."
Wine AdvocateDeep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Giscours opens with expressive cassis, blackberry and red currants on the nose with touches of cedar chest, roses and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied with a good core of muscular fruit and firm, grainy tannins, it finishes long. Drink Date: 2019-2039.
Wine SpectatorPolished and rounded in feel, with a solid core of plum and blackberry compote flavors, lined with light hints of charcoal, tobacco and violet. Nice perfumy tobacco and warm tar notes show on the finish. Very well-integrated, making this approachable now, but there's no rush. Best from 2020 through 2035. 23,333 cases made.