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July 29, 2016

Chateau Giscours 2014

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Chateau Giscours 2014 
92-93 Pts, James Suckling 

12x75cl - £310 EP

‘Time to fall back in love with this great Margaux property.’ - Neal Martin

Chateau Giscours is one of the best priced gems among the Grand Cru wines of Bordeaux. Giscours is classified as a Third Growth, along with Chateau Palmer, D’Issan and Kirwan. The Estate’s global cachet is soaring, following its incredible 2015 vintage. In fact, Giscours has experienced superb qualitative improvements in recent years, yet since 2014, their star has begun an exciting ascendancy, resulting in Neal Martin stating it is ‘Time to fall back in love with this great Margaux property.’ The 2014 has been awarded 95 points from the Wine Enthusiast, 92-93 from James Suckling and 89-91 from Neal Martin. That puts it on par with the 2009 which trades at £495 per case of 12. The 2014 is offered today for £310 per case of 12 bottles, an incredible £26 per bottle, for a Grand Cru of this distinction, that is an utterly superb price and a large discount to equivalent scoring vintages.

The rise in Giscours’ excellence should come as no surprise. One of the key features of this Estate is the three magnificent gravel hilltops, deposited by the Garonne at the beginning the Quaternary. The property consists of 90 hectares of vines, spread out over several plots. Of the Grand Vin, Chateau Giscours there is annual production of 25,000 cases. Since the 2015 release there has been a material price change in recent vintages, running from 2015 to 2005, rising on average 12%. Of these vintages, the 2014 is the most undervalued by quality and will be re-tasted this coming spring by Neal Martin. The 2014 has already risen 13% and with the immanent re-score, we can expect further price pressure.

Giscours JS WA Price
2015  96-97  94-96 £390
2014  92-93  89-91 £310
2013  90-91  n/a £280
2012  92  90 £310
2011  92  88 £320
2010  95  91 £460
2009  95  94 £500
2008  n/a  90 £370
2007  91  86 £290
2006  n/a  88 £330
2005  95  91 £370

 

 
Giscours is known for displaying violets and rose on the nose, combined with cedar and graphite. The palate is silky, nuanced and supple, with dark berry flavours, tobacco, liquorice and pepper. The 2014 is a superb representation of the Estate’s potential, which Galloni describes as ‘A bold, powerful wine, the 2014 Giscours hits the palate with exotic spices, herbs, tobacco, smoke and game.’ The weak pound continues to inflate wine prices and there will be very little stock at current prices in the market come spring next year, once the wine is re-scored. It will pay to stock up now, after all, with all taxes paid, this superb wine will cost you £33.50 per bottle, a price quality ratio that is very hard to beat.

History of the Estate
The history of Giscours can be traced back to the 14th century and represents a fascinating story. Records show that the first vines were planted in 1552 when the Estate was sold to Pierre de l’Horme, a wealthy Bordeaux draper, who bought a nobleman’s house called “Guyscoutz” and proceeded to turn it into a vast Estate. Following this, there were several owners of the Estate but it wasn’t until the beginning of the 19th Century, when the property was purchased by the Pescatore family, that Giscour’s great era of winemaking truly began. In 1845, the Pescatore family hired Pierre Skawinski to manage their Estate. Skawinski proved to be one of the great agriculturalists of the Médoc and was hugely influential in making Giscours one of the most reputable Third Growths in Bordeaux. Today, the Estate is owned by Dutch businessman Eric Albada Jelgersma, who continues to produce world class wines.

92-93 Points, James Suckling 
Very pretty cabernet sauvignon character. Full body, fine tannins and a bright finish. Ultra-fine tannins. Tight and caressing. Refined. This is a little more cabernet in the blend that gives detail and direction.

89-91 Points, Neal Martin
The Château Giscours 2014 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 20% Merlot picked between 22 September until 16 October. Alexandre Van Beek told me that the Merlot didn’t really contribute to the blend. The nose is reticent at first with scents of black fruits, a touch of graphite and a subtle marine influence, detailed though not intense. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin on the entry, the acidity pointed and noticeable from start to finish. There is plenty of freshness here (acidity 3.4 pH) very linear with fine tension, probably an earlier drinking Giscours since there is not the weight of the fantail of flavours on the finish. It just needs more horsepower.

To buy this wine please click here or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability. The wines are available in spring 2017.