CHÂTEAU GISCOURS, 3ÈME CRU CLASSÉ, MARGAUX, BORDEAUX, FRANCE, 2012
Giscours is moderately dense with ripe, sweet, black fruit nose. The wine has a soft centre and finishes with moderate tannic grip. Elegant and fine, Giscours is soft, fragrant and inviting. In the mouth, the wine is textured with an ample centre balanced by gentle, fine tannins in a lasting finish. Charming, elegant and classically Margaux
Beautiful with rich meat dishes such as Ox cheek or with mature cheeses.
Robert Parker 90 Points
The plump, rich and densely purple-coloured 2012 Giscours, has turned out very well in this vintage, offering loads of fruit. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it has a moderate finish, and is medium to full-bodied, with excellent liquorice and crème de cassis notes, and a broad, round, juicy mouthfeel. This is a wine that can be drunk young or cellared for 12-15 years. Drink: 2015 - 2030. RP, WA 218, April 2015, 90 Points
James Suckling 92 Points
Some red cherries and plums with cedar and clove notes on the nose. This is a full-bodied red with soft tannins, lovely acidity and a long, floral finish. Structured Giscours. Drink from 2018. JS, Feb 2015, 92 Points.
Jancis Robinson 17 Points
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. JR, April 2013, 17/20
Located in the Margaux appellation, in the communes of Labarde and Arsac, Giscours exceptional terroir presents all the quantities required to produce a great wine. The soil components are ideal. Three magnificent gravel hilltops deposited by the Garonne at the beginning of the Quaternary era are one of the key features. The gravel plays a vitally important role, reflecting the sun’s rays and maintaining a stable temperature during the night, thereby providing ideal conditions for the ripening of the grapes. The topography is equally important: an altitude of twenty meters for the hilltops of Petit and Grand Poujeau, and seventeen meters for that of Cantelaude, whose slopes reach down to the château itself, in an east-westerly direction. The gentle climate is another beneficial factor. This subtle balance gives the terroir its undeniable finesse…
The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled tanks with pumping over dependent on the lot, and the wine is then aged in small oak barrels (50% new) for 18 months.
Time: 18 months
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 35
Varieties:Cabernet Sauvignon 60% Merlot 32% Others 8%
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Still wine
Case Size: 12 x 75cl