2013 Giscours, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158977 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/2014)

91 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/2014)

88-91 points 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.  (6/2014)

88-90 points 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)  (5/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (4/2014)


 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.  (4/2014)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/2014)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2014 | Send Email
**½ to *** Lots of nice red fruit here, spicy, peppery with hints of chocolate. Tasted three times.

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2014 | Send Email
Record 80% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, good, powerful firm fruit with sweet tannins. Zesty acid, serious wine. This estate as well as Ch. Du Tertre are on a fine roll under the direction of Alexandre Van Beek. *½

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.