Jeb Dunnuck
James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Spectator
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Chateau Giscours 2019

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Product description

With the 2019 vintage, we aimed to preserve Chateau Giscours' signature style, its power and structure while at the same time working on two characteristics that we especially appreciate: the aromatic palette and the finesse of the tannins. The Merlot revealed different features depending on the terroir and the harvest date. Some were juicy, fruity, and bursting with freshness, while others, with a more advanced degree of ripeness, presented a magnificent roundness and a much more voluptuous character. 

For the Cabernet, we decided to delay harvesting to achieve complete maturity of the skins and, therefore, of the tannins. In the winery, we modified our extraction approach to focus on the delicacy of the tannins. Maceration was based more on the duration of contact between juice and skins than on the extraction intensity.

Our decisions were guided by tasting at every step. The objective was to give the Cabernet the desired three-dimensional character with structure, freshness and density. Very precise and well-balanced, the 2019 vintage gives full expression to the Chateau Giscours' refined style.

97 Points - James Suckling

Walnut and cocoa powder. Crushed stones, too. It's complete and layered with round tannins and a juicy and plush texture. Crushed velvet that turns to silk. Very cool and long. Plenty going on here. Give it three to four years to come together. But will age beautifully for years to come. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot. 

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2019 Giscours has turned out very well in the bottle, wafting from the glass with aromas of sweet berries, cherries, burning embers, lilac and violets framed by a discreet patina of new oak. Full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's polished and aromatic, with a velvety, seamless profile and bright animating acids, concluding with a long, resonant finish. Alexandre Van Beek and his team are taking this estate to heights it hasn't hit since the 1970s, and this is another of the great bargains of the 2019 en primeur campaign. 

94+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck

Checking in as a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, the 2019 Chateau Giscours is one heck of an impressive Margaux. Deep purple-hued, with a great nose of black and blue fruits and sappy herbs, tobacco, and flowers, it has nicely integrated oak, medium to full body, ripe yet certainly present tannins, and an excellent finish. It's beautifully done. Hide bottles for 4-6 years and enjoy them over the next two decades. 

94 Points - Decanter

This is a serious Giscours, with medium intensity violet-edged ruby colour. High aromatics on the nose with cumin and cloves, black cherry and cassis fruits that fill the palate, and a cooling menthol finish as the tannins close in—enjoyable overall, succulent yet precise. Harvest lasted 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.

93 Points - Wine Spectator

Solid for the vintage, with a new edge to the mix of black currant, blackberry and fig paste flavours. This wine's energy extends through the finish, where humus, singed cedar, and savoury and iron-tinged minerality add range and cut. It still shows the vintage's excessive heat, but this manages it better than most of its peers. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.