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2020 Château Giscours En Primeur

 

Château Giscours is described as "one of the most seamless Margaux in the vintage" by Jeb Dunnuck (93-95 points) and there is general agreement from the other critics that this is an excellent vintage.  After the death of owner Eric Albada Jelgersma in 2018 his family have sold their other estate in Margaux, du Tertre.  Alexander Van Beek, the estate's winemaker for many years, has been replaced by Jerome Poisson, with Thomas Duclot brought into consult.  Jane Anson muses that this may be a sign of intent, to push quality even higher at Giscours, so this will be an interesting estate to follow in this and in coming vintages.

Bordeaux En Primeur, landing in spring 2023

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Château Giscours, Margaux Cru Classé

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Château Giscours, Margaux Cru Classé

Château Giscours, is a Troisième Grand Cru Classé in the commune of Margaux.   The estate dates to the middle ages, but by the mid-twentieth century it had fallen into disrepair, with just 1-0 hectares producing fruit.   In 1954 it was bought by Nicholas Tari, who began the restoration of the vineyards.  In 1995 Giscours was sold to Dutch businessman Eric Albada Jelgersma (also the owner of du Tertre, until its sale in 2021).  He died in 2018 but the estate continues in his family's ownership.

The 90 hectares of vines are on Garonne gravel and are planted to 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet franc and 3 % Petit Verdot.  Alexander Van Beek has managed the estate for some years and is credited with improving quality greatly.

RED 2020 Château Giscours 75cl £492 per case of 12 Château Giscours
2020 / / 75cl
£492 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Deep crimson hue. Reined-in and reserved at present but leans towards a dark-fruit expression. Mouth-filling fruit on the palate with just a touch of sweetness and fine-grained tannins that support and build behind. Supple texture, good persistence and freshness all the way through. Potential. 16.5+ points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot, the 2020 Giscours reveals a deep garnet-purple color and compelling notes of crushed redcurrants, plum preserves and Morello cherries, leading to hints of lavender, wild sage, damp soil and black truffles with a touch of licorice. The medium-bodied palate bursts with vibrant red and black fruits and lots of savory accents, supported by soft, very well managed tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note. Drink 2024-2044. 92-94+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com------"One of the most seamless Margaux in the vintage, the 2020 Château Giscours checks in as 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot, brought up in 50% new French oak. Offering a wonderful, rich, powerful style that's classic Giscours, it has lots of cassis and darker currant fruits as well as notes of dried flowers, sandalwood, licorice, and earth. The tannin quality is spot on, which is rare in Margaux in 2020, and it has medium to full body, a great mid-palate, and a silky, layered mouthfeel. It's a beautiful Margaux. 93-95 points" Jebdunnuck.com------"The 2020 Giscours was picked from September 21 to October 2. The huge difference in quality between the Grand Vin and Deuxième Vin is apparent on the nose of crystal-clear black fruit intermixed with raspberry, crushed stone and light crushed violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, taut and crisp, and quite tensile, leading to a classically styled, sapid finish. This is a classy Giscours with plenty of breeding. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"This is an excellent Giscours, extremely precise, well drawn and seductive. There is both concentration and spice, and a vivid sappy feel to the raspberry and bilberry fruits, all drawn out through the palate as the slate texture kicks in. Plenty of things to keep track on here, not least that this is now the only estate in Margaux owned by the Albada family, as they have sold du Tertre. The focus is now entirely on Giscours, and I would expect to see a concerted effort to raise the visibility of the property. Changes include Thomas Duclos as consultant since 2019, and vineyard choices such as intra-plot harvesting, meaning going in waves through the plots picking individual vines when they are at full ripeness. Plus, Jerome Poisson is the new technical director (a French Canadian, who worked in Napa, Italy, Chile, Cognac and Alsace), replacing Lorenzo Pasquini. 50% new oak for ageing. A yield of 35hl/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"Aromas of crushed berries, dried flowers and spices with undertones of ink and iron. Full-bodied with wonderful, fine tannins that are totally embedded in the structure. Endless length and such refinement. Rather ethereal. Another winner from Giscours. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com

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