2020 Giscours Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 3L
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REVIEWS

WE 98 JS 96 JL 96 VN 96 DC 95 JA 95 WA 95 JD 94 WS 92
WE 98

Wine Enthusiast,

(96-98 points) Barrel Sample. Perfumed, ripe and juicy, this structured wine is already impressive. Its layered texture and black plum fruits have serious potential, packed with fruit and tannins with a generous...
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, December 2022

Fascinating aromas of blueberries, crushed stone, and blackcurrants. Very aromatic. Full-bodied with juicy tannins that are creamy and intense. Slightly bitter, burnt citrus character. This is very muscular with velvety...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

Richly colored, the wine kicks off with an intense display of flowers, with additional nuances of tobacco leaf, earth, currants, black cherries, spice and cigar box. The wine is silky, vibrant, sensuous and long with...
VN 96

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Giscours is every bit as compelling as it was from barrel. Succulent dark cherry, plum, new leather, licorice, menthol and mocha fill out the layers nicely. There's a good bit of Merlot in this year, which lends...
DC 95

Decanter, January 2023

Wonderful aromatic expression, fragrant with wild flowers and dark bramble fruits as well as sandalwood. Rich and round on the palate, really so juicy and succulent, mouthwatering acidity balances the crushed stone...
JA 95

janeanson.com, February 2024

Deep plum in colour, lilting acidities, some angular tannins at this point, beautifully bitter dark chocolate alongside bilberry and blackberry fruits, with fragrant mint leaf and precisely carved tannic grip. Last year...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

(95+ points) This estate is now enjoying its finest run since its glory days in the 1970s, and the 2020 Giscours is excellent. Unwinding in the glass with deep aromas of blackberries, cassis, pencil shavings, rose petals...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

(94+ points) The Grand Vin 2020 Château Giscours is based on 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot that spent 17 months in 50% new French oak. It has a gorgeous perfume of pure cassis, graphite, and flowers that gives way...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, January 2023

Ripe but fresh and sleek in feel, with black cherry and blackberry puree notes gliding through, infused with sandalwood, bay leaf and black tea accents. This has a pleasant dark earth tint to the finish, though the fruit...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2020
Size 3L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Chateau Giscours is a large wine estate in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux. it was rated as a third growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.

Giscours has a long, rich history which can be traced back to the 14th century. The real beginning came in 1552 when Pierre de Lhomme, a wealthy Bordeaux draper, bought a nobleman’s house called “Guyscoutz”. He proceeded to turn it into a vast estate and planted the first vines.

It was in the 19th century that the estate gained much of its finery and reputation, with transformation of the chateau into a neoclassical palace, the modernization of production facilities, and the construction of large buildings. In 1995, the property was acquired by Dutch businessman Eric Albada Jelgersma.

The Giscours vineyard has 102 hectares, planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot on gravel and sand. A 63-hectare plot, adjacent to Giscours but outside the Margaux boundary, is bottled as Le Haut Medoc de Giscours.

The first label of Chateau Giscours has great finesse and elegance. The aging potential of this great wine is between 8 and 20 years or even more for the most exceptional vintages.

The 2020 Giscours is an exceptional Bordeaux Blend hailing from the renowned Margaux sub-region in Bordeaux, France. With its deep, ruby-red color and elegant label, this wine is a true representation of the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into every bottle produced by Giscours.

Upon pouring, the wine reveals fascinating aromas that captivate the senses. Notes of ripe blueberries, crushed stone, and blackcurrants fill the air, creating an enticing bouquet. The aromatic expression is simply mesmerizing, drawing you deeper into the glass.

On the palate, the 2020 Giscours showcases its full-bodied nature and impressive structure. The velvety tannins are juicy and intense, providing a creamy mouthfeel that lingers with each sip. There is a slight bitterness and burnt citrus character that adds complexity to the wine, revealing layers of flavors.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this vintage an impressive score of 96 points, noting that it is a wine that requires time to soften. He recommends enjoying it after 2025, but also mentions that it has the potential to age gracefully for many years to come.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also praised the 2020 Giscours, awarding it 95+ points. They describe the wine as having deep aromas of blackberries, cassis, pencil shavings, rose petals, and sweet, loamy soil. The mid-palate is layered and seamless, with excellent concentration and powdery structuring tannins.

Decanter magazine echoes the sentiments, giving this vintage a score of 95 points. They describe the wine as wonderfully aromatic, with fragrant wild flowers and dark bramble fruits. The palate is rich and round, with mouthwatering acidity that balances the crushed stone texture. Flavors of liquorice, slate, pencil lead, blackcurrants, and black cherries create a harmonious and nuanced experience.

With praise from multiple critics and a promising aging potential, the 2020 Giscours is a wine that demands attention. Its delicate fragrance, refined structure, and persistence make it a true delight to savor. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this Bordeaux Blend is a testament to the excellence of Giscours and the Margaux region.