2001 Giscours, Margaux

SKU #1070300 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark It may have had a few winemaking controversies in recent years, but Giscours is now on a roll, under the ownership of Dutch businessman Eric Albada Jelgersma. How good it is, is shown in the 2001 wine, which is generous, almost opulent, rich and dense. Despite the richness, though, this is still Bordeaux: Dry tannins, tarry black-fruit flavors and firmness place the wine definitely at the table. ***Editors' Choice***(RV) Inner quote mark (6/2005)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Following the 2000, the 2001 seems finer in style with more zest and energy. The colour is deep and the bouquet complex with floral and red and dark fruit notes as well as a hint of mint. The attack on the palate is ripe then the wine sails along on freshness, length and drive. The finish is serious and firm. Altogether it's a harmonious and agreeable wine. The 'hidden-gem' pick. (JL) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2001 Giscours has slightly more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than the 2000 (5% more, to be precise). The bouquet has always had greater delineation and precision than the previous vintage, offering black cherries, Dorset plum, iris petal and hints of lavender. This is very focused and seems to have lost none of its vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fleshier than the 2000, lightly spiced with a dash of white pepper, and poised and persistent on the finish. This Giscours is one of the gems of the appellation and is probably à point. (NM) Inner quote mark (9/2021)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted at the Château Giscours vertical, the 2001 Château Giscours is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot picked between September 28 and October 12. Comparing it directly with the 2000, I discerned a little more precision on the nose, the fruit a little fresher with lifted mulberry, violet and lavender scents. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, more tensile than the 2000, if not quite the same level of fruit concentration. ... there is fine animation here with a vein of spiciness surfacing towards the finish. This constitutes one of the finest Giscours in recent years, a Margaux with breeding and poise. In retrospect, this was the beginning of a turnaround in fortunes after an inconsistent period throughout the 1990s. (NM) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Incredible aromas of flowers, currants, blackberries, and minerals. Full-bodied, with a super-solid core of fruit, incredibly finely knit tannins and a finish that goes on and on. This is really superb. Much better than from barrel. Giscours is really going places. Best after 2009. *Top 100 wines of 2001, No. 58.* (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2004)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very perfumed and delicately fruity with plums and violets. Full body with super-integrated tannins and a clean finish. Lovely texture to this red. Inner quote mark (6/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Glossy crimson. Sophisticated nose with very good quality oak. Very attractive balance and lovely freshness above all. Not a heavyweight but a very attractive wine. Good length and integrity. Lovely already. Inner quote mark (11/2007)

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