2011 Giscours, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
**Cellar Selection** Power and ripeness walk hand-in-hand with this major player. The wine is opulent and extracted with flavors of rich blackberry fruits, but shows a firmness in tannins and dense texture. Drink from 2018 and it’s sure to be a great success.
This is very precise and pure with very fine tannins and a lovely currant and light citrus undertone. Balanced and very pretty. Long finish.
This has nice ripeness, with cassis and blackberry paste flavors allied to sweet tobacco and roasted spice. Has a plump, weighty feel, but good focus, too.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, saturated ruby-purple. Fresh, fragrant aromas of violet and sweet berries. Creamy and juicy in the mouth, with lively acidity lifting the pure dark berry and floral flavors. Finishes long and clean, with a return of the fresh blackcurrant and mineral elements. Despite the fact that many 2011 wines are tannic and more or less austere, Giscours has managed to turn out a wine in its usual creamy, soft style.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The powerful, concentrated 2011 Giscours is not terribly dissimilar from their 2005. Composed of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Merlot, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with scents of charcoal, underbrush, forest floor, licorice, black currants and a hint of wood smoke. This rich, medium to full-bodied, dense effort should be consumed over the next 10-15 years.
*+ Trey: Dark roasted espresso, black cherry. Good fruit. Quite nice. RS: Has a lovely, fresh nose, with strong, regal, old vine fruit that still retains its elegance with a long, round, but crisp finish. Complex wine! *½