2019 Châteaux Giscours & du TertreSaturday, June 13
Barrel samples continue to arrive at our office, another two dozen just yesterday. The more 2019s we taste, the more impressed we are by the elegance of the vintage. This derives from fine, integrated tannins, but also from a precise and complex fruit character. This is a year in which Margaux wines can be true to their terroir.
Reassuringly familiar names, Giscours and du Tertre are rapidly improving estates. Giscours' winemaker Lorenzo Pasquini has previously worked at Palmer and Cheval des Andes. With the help of consultant Thomas Duclos, he has produced a series of recent vintages which have elevated Giscours to the next level, with the 2019 scored 96-97 points by James Suckling.
Owned by the same family as Giscours, du Tertre has similarly been ascending in recent times. Conversion to organic viticulture and a consequent focus on fruit quality, has contributed to du Tertre producing their best wine in years. Jane Anson describes it as "A beautifully elegant and expressive Margaux that has sappy fruit with clear salinity and minerality" (94 points).
With quality on the rise, both wines are relatively great value at £210 and £160 IB per six bottles respectively. Do let us know if you would like to add these or any wines from our other recent offers to your cellar.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.
2019 Château Giscours, Margaux Cru Classé
“This is a serious Giscours, with medium intensity violet-edged ruby colour. High aromatics on the nose with cumin and cloves, followed by black cherry and cassis fruits that do a good job of filling the palate, and a cooling menthol finish as the tannins close in. Enjoyable overall, succulent yet with precision. Harvest lasted for an entire month, from September 11 to October 12, the longest ever at the estate and a reflection of more precise plot-by-plot work, with vines separated according to age and terroir. Thomas Duclos is consultant here as of the 2019 vintage. A yield of 44hl/ha. 94 Points." Jane Anson, Decanter
"The 2019 Giscours is ripe and extrovert on the nose with exuberant black cherries, blueberry and crushed violets bursting from the glass. This is very seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with a tang of seaweed infusing the black fruit on the entry, segueing into more tarry notes toward the well structured finish. This articulates a sense of completeness that I appreciate. The persistency is impressive. This is a superb, potentially long-term Giscours that may well end up at the top of my banded score. 94-96 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
“Lots of deep blue fruit with blackberries and grape skins, as well as tar and asphalt. Lead, too. It's full-bodied, yet very tight with powerful, defined tannins, surrounded by attractive ripe fruit. Serious. Reminds me of the excellent 1975. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot. 96-97 Points." James Suckling
2019 Château du Tertre, Margaux Cru Classé
“A beautifully elegant and expressive Margaux that has sappy fruit with clear salinity and minerality on the finish. Pretty serious in its structure but subtly so, it takes its time to unfurl and has an upward lift through the palate. Violet rim to the colour and the austerity speaks to energy that will help power it to long life. 6% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 92 Points." Jane Anson, Decanter
“A fantastic du Tertre with blackberries and blueberries. Very pure fruit character in general. Stone and tea undertones. It’s full-bodied with a tight, focused tannin backbone. Excellent structure. One of the best ever from here. So precise. A blend of 54% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 6% petit verdot. 95-96 Points." James Suckling