2005 Giscours, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
95 points and a Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast and 93 points Wine Spectator. The Giscours is also listed in Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2008! From the Spectator: "Displays blackberry, cherry and hints of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very pretty and solid. This is structured and chewy. Needs time. Best after 2013." (03/08) 91 points Robert Parker: "This forward-styled 2005 possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a big, sweet bouquet of roasted herbs, fudge, espresso, figs, and cherry jam. Opulent, even decadent, with low acidity, but high glycerin and fruit extract as well as a flamboyant fleshiness, this is a stunningly impressive, hedonistic, savory Margaux to enjoy between 2010-2025." (04/08) K&L's barrel tasting notes - Vibrant, deep purple. Tastes great at Joanne. Big wine and finely balanced. Tasted three times. This could be a super winner. Has balance and great structure. Ralph says: Upfront dark fruit of blackberry jam and spice lead to a good sweet middle, a serious skeleton of structure, and a long finish. This is very regal, serious wine. ** (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer) ETA: Late 2009.