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CHÂTEAU GISCOURS

2012 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Margaux
Classification 3ème Cru Classé

Tasted twice, neither showed brilliantly - Both samples seen away from Chateau - First one sort of creamy but green. Rather tiresomely lightweight and sweet with not real character. Second sample was a little better - started nicely - good sense of quite loose-knit fruit, some warm notes of woodspice, but then a little hollow. Some good intensity of dark cherry fruit but this finishes a little short and hard. Rating: 87-87 L&S (Apr 2013)

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Tasted at the Château Giscours vertical and a few months later again at the property, the 2012 Château Giscours is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc picked between September 27 and October 17. It has a rather conservative nose with raspberry, fresh strawberry, tobacco and light licorice scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple black fruit, but with slightly aggressive acidity. Like the 2013, though to a lesser extent, it needs to show a little more concentration and finesse on the finish; but otherwise, enjoy this over the next decade or so. Tasted March 2016. Drinking range: 2017 - 2032 Rating: 89-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Jul 2016)

Rating: 86 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2013)

Finely extracted cassis fruit, elegance and lift of Cabernet dominant, fine florality, purity and length. Drink: 2016 - 2026 Rating: 17 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2013)

Dark crimson. Hint of wood shavings on the nose. Well-melded fruit and great balance on the palate. Nothing forced, with real zest and great balance. Something a little meat flavoured about this – a welcome change from all the obvious sweetness. 2020 - 2035. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2013)

Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2013)

A polished, silky style, with cashmere tannins that let the supple plum and boysenberry fruit glide along. Suave black tea chimes in on the finish. Appears easygoing at first, but there’s ample stuffing here. Solid Rating: 90-93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2013)

Château Giscours

Margaux Troisième cru 1855 Château Giscours has had many owners over the years since Pierre de Lhomme bought "Guyscoutz" in 1552 and laid out an estate and vineyards. The present château was built in 1847 by Count de Pescatore. Like many Bordelais estates, Giscours was in poor condition after World War II, but its fortunes were rescued by Nicolas Tari who bought the property in 1954 and set about restoring and enlarging Giscours. In 1995, Giscours' business activities were purchased by Eric Albada Jelgersma, the owner of near-by Château du Tertre. The 83ha of vineyard are 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The Grand Vin spends 15 to 18 months in wood (50% new). Château Giscours is home to the Bordeaux Giscours Cricket Club - the national champions!

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