2013 Giscours, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. While the wine has juicy acidity, it also has a core of tough, dry tannins. These characteristics result in an initially hard wine that will need considerable time to soften, although it does have great future potential.
A bright, fruity 2013 with a medium body and a silky, seamless texture. It’s clean and refined with pretty fruit and a delicate finish. Very pure fruit.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Enticing aromas of minty redcurrant, blueberry, cedar and graphite. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with red and dark berry flavors lifted by harmonious acidity. Finishes with slightly peppery, youthful tannins and a lingering violet note.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Chateau Giscours certainly boasts one of the superior aromatic profiles of the Margaux appellation with delightful red cherries and fresh strawberry fruit and an essence of mineralite. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins on the entry, although the finish kind of 'stumbles' over the finish line and the oak feels just a little heavy handed. Maybe this will sort itself out by the time of bottling. Tasted April 2014. (NM-Wine Journal)
Bright, ripe red fruit, a bit like raspberry and cherry. Lovely perfume with a smoky element that adds interest. Firm but yielding tannins. Nicely done. (RH)
Sweet tobacco, earthiness, iron, new leather and red stone fruits are some of the notes that inform the 2013 Giscours. Medium in body, the 2013 possesses good length, even if it lacks a measure of depth. The finish is a bit compact and austere.
Direct cherry pie and red licorice notes are followed by a rounded, lightly toasted finish. Quite shy on stuffing, but balanced for what it is.