2015 Giscours, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253108 96-97 points James Suckling

 This sets a new level for Giscours with blackberry, black truffle and blueberry. So much walnut and cedar. Full body, dense and incredibly long and powerful. Clearly the best Giscours since 1970 and 1975.  (4/2016)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Giscours is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. That is in stark comparison to older vintages, for example the 2000 Giscours that was 50/50 Cabernet and Merlot. This vintage is matured in 50% new oak. Winemaker Alexandre Van Beek told me that the 2015 "...reflects the true terroir at Giscours that created the great wines of the 1960s and 1970s." That is something to live up to with fresh memories of the 1961 in my brain. The bouquet is very intense and almost "untamed" at first, but it calms down in the glass, revealing attractive scents of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and graphite. This is a Giscours determined to make a good impression...and it does. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure, a little spicier than recent vintages, adorned with a gentle crescendo in the mouth towards a really quite fantastic, tensile, complex and compelling finish. Having tasted the 1961 and 1970 Giscours just a few months ago, I wager that the 2015 will be the best since the 1961. Time to fall back in love with this great Margaux property. (NM)  (4/2016)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This wine is firm and rich, with ripe black-plum flavors and dense tannins. Firm and concentrated, this is an impressive wine that will age well. (RV)  (4/2016)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 Solid, with warm plum, fig and blackberry reduction notes, inlaid with a lovely alder accent. Flows beautifully through the long, velvety finish. (Web-2016) (JM)

91-94 points Vinous

 The 2015 Giscours is terrific. In fact, this may be one of the very best recent vintages I have tasted here. Ample and quite broad in its first impression, the 2015 possesses magnificent depth from start to finish. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains striking freshness and delineation. Succulent dark cherry, plum, blood orange and sweet spice notes all flesh out in the glass. Creamy, silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. The purity of the fruit here is striking. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, with no Cabernet Franc this year. The 2015 is a terrific Giscours. (AG)  (4/2016)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2016 | Send Email
Giscours- 60% CS 32M 5CF 3PV The two estates under the direction of Alexander Van Beek continue to improve and have really hit the sweet spot in 2015. Giscours is one of the strongest wines in terms of power and aging potential while still keeping its Margaux elegance. The strong, sweet, and deep masculine fruit is pretty flashy and has nice plush middle fruit texture that is not always present in this wine. Serious wine, along the same lines as Ch. Palmer and my guess is that it will $200 less money per bottle. No question, one of Bordeaux greatest values! 2 Stars

By: Philip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2016 | Send Email
**Don’t Miss** Cabernet driven, built and serious with black and blue fruits, cedar and spice. Classically styled and full bodied. The tannins are firm but the quality of tannins are very fine. This makes my don’t miss list will be great to cellar.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2016 | Send Email
The best Giscours since their fabulous 1970! And with 45 more years of experience in the vineyard and winery. One of the highest overall rated wines by the raters. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot with 5% PV. Black raspberry nose-super sweet mid palate. So elegant and the wine lingers on the palate for a minute or more. great structure for the long haul. Blows away their 2009 and 2010. Very little on the market-do not miss it.
Drink from 2020 to 2040

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
Dark and aromatic, this rich and fleshy wine shows tons of chocolate, black cherry and mocha flavors. Tannins are integrated and firm yet ripe. This is a sleeper from the vintage and one of the best Giscours I can remember tasting out of barrel!

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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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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Bordeaux

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Margaux

- 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.