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Giscours 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Margaux
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

This is a classic Margaux vineyard that is under Dutch ownership and management. The 95 hectares of vines are planted with 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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Tasting Notes

The 2021 Giscours is immensely promising and shows just how far this important estate has come in the last few years. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of cassis, dark berries, cigar wrapper, violets, sweet forest floor and burning embers, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with terrific depth at the core, ripe tannins, lively acids and a long, penetrating finish. With wines like this, we're back to a level of quality that Giscours hasn't routinely attained since the 1970s! The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot; and even if by the standards of the last decade, that isn't a particularly elevated percentage of Cabernet, this is nonetheless a very Cabernet-driven wine in style. Tasted six times.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

The 2021 Giscours is matured in 50% new oak from nine cooperages. It has a very well-defined bouquet of blackberry, briar, graphite and light tobacco aromas, plus a touch of lavender in the background. Very pretty. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Not a deep or powerful Giscours, but elegant and poised with a long tail on the finish. It doesn't try too hard and the result is a delicious, refined Margaux wine. A great success in a tricky year.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022

The Cabernets were picked here until October 15th. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32%Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Bright ruby colour. Clean and floral on the nose with cherry blossom and redcurrant. The palate is compact and airy with fresh red fruits bolstered by some underlying smoky oak. A wine of balance and classic proportion rather than power, it will appeal to lovers of classic claret. Floral and delicate to the finish.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

Very precise and focused with tight, sleek yet firm tannins, framing a fresh core of black fruit, gravel and tobacco. Crushed stones and tea leaves, too. Savory and medium-bodied. Driven and linear. Lots of cabernet character. Chewy tannins. Rather muscular. But polished texture. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot and 3% petit verdot.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

The 2021 Giscours is made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it gives up notions of blackcurrant cordial, star anise, and cedar chest with underlying suggestions of cloves, coffee beans, and fallen leaves plus a touch of stewed tea. Light-bodied, the palate has a firm frame of chewy tannins and bags of bright red berry layers with a lively backbone and a cedar-laced finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Attractive bright plum in colour, this has a waves of flavour that offset the slightly bitter tannins that come in on the finish. Damson and black cherry fruits, liqourice root, rose stems and grilled cedar. 38hl/hyield.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Cask sample.
Very dark purplish crimson. One of the first 2021s I have encountered that could be described as heady. Then has masses of both fruit and freshness on the palate with no excesses even if clear delineation. Very clean and brisk without being austere. Quite a success! This wine seems to have made a virtue out of the freshness of 2021.
Drink 2026 – 2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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