2018 Giscours (Margaux)

55% Cabernet Sauvignon/39% Merlot/6% Petit Verdot. Ripe, black fruit, purity, muscle. Also lift and balance, and plenty of acidity - I`d expect this to be very long-lived. We heard a lot on this trip to Bordeaux about the danger of over-ripeness for Merlot in some right-bank locations. But as Alexander van Beek pointed out to us, though Giscours is Cabernet-dominated, left-bank Merlot was spectacular this year - and Merlot is an important part of the Giscours blend. (NT 03/05/19)
Labarde-Margaux, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
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Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
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95 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
17 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, March 2019 90-92+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
93-96 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
93 points, Jean-Marc Quarin,

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

Deep purple in colour with violet edging, this is beating fast with juicy bramble fruit and life. You can feel the texture of the berries in the mouth, making this a luxurious, confident Giscours, with swirls of smoke backed up by spice. There`s an effortless quality to the tannins, but this is definitely built to last. It easily stands up to the 2015 and 2016. Harvest lasted for a full month, from 12 September to 12 October. Aged in 50% new oak. Drink 2027 - 2042. 95 points

Julia Harding

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot; 50% new oak. New winemaker Lorenzo Pasquini likens Giscours to an oil painting and du Tertre to a watercolour. Inky core. Dark and introverted but beckons you in to find out more. Soberly seductive. A dark, savoury charm, a smooth but compact texture. Gravelly like its site. Not obvious and in your face, but refined in its power. Opens up to dark perfume. Most elegant vintage of Giscours I have tasted. 17 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Giscours delivers expressive notions of baked raspberries, Black Forest cake and sautéed herbs with a core of crème de cassis, pencil lead, fertile loam and fallen leaves. Full-bodied, taut and muscular in the mouth with earth-laced baked black fruits, it has a firm, chewy texture and refreshing herbal sparks on the finish. 90-92+ points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Giscours is another in a series of brilliant wines from the estate. Bold and explosive in the glass, with tremendous fruit richness, the 2018 has so much to offer. In 2018, Giscours is radiant, exotically ripe and incredibly inviting, with a relatively high percentage of Merlot that adds juiciness. All the elements are in gorgeous harmony. The 2018 is an especially fine Giscours. It is certainly the best recent vintage I have tasted. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. 93-96 points

Chris Kissack

The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 39% Merlot and 6% Petit Ver dot, and the alcohol is 13.7%. It begins with a dark, slightly reticent, lightly smoky character on the nose, but drawing back these curtains reveals veins of blackcurrant, currant, black bean and chalk dust which bring an aromatic interest and sense of confidence to the nose. There follows a very attractive texture on the palate, fresh and pure, with a charming substance, one which hides some well-integrated oak notes as well as a firm bed of solid, broad and finely grained tannins. This has substance and confidence, energy and balance, and is imbued with certain potential. A great success for Alexandre van Beek, Didier Fôret and team. Well done. The élevage will be in 50% new oak. 94-96 points

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