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Chateau Giscours 2001 Cru Classe, Margaux

Chateau Giscours 2001 Cru Classe, Margaux

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Chateau Giscours is a Classified Third Growth from the village of Margaux. Giscours produces richly aromatic wines that are surprisingly powerful on the palate, displaying ripe, black fruit with hints...

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About Chateau Giscours 2001 Cru Classe, Margaux

Chateau Giscours is a Classified Third Growth from the village of Margaux. Giscours produces richly aromatic wines that are surprisingly powerful on the palate, displaying ripe, black fruit with hints of cedar and new oak. This 2001 is a rare find. Not a celebrated vintage but a wine that over-achieved and is now at a peak of drinking perfection.



On release the Wine Spectator selected it for their Top 100 Wines of the year. They scored it 92 points saying "Ranked #58 out of the Top 100 wines of 2001. Incredible aromas of flowers, currants, blackberries, and minerals. Full-bodied, with a supersolid 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." In 2015 Asian Palate, Jeannie Cho Lee scored this 92 points saying "An opulent, full-bodied Giscours with good intensity and concentration. Beautifully crafted and quite powerful with ripe, dark berry fruit, plum and cedar notes. Youthful, vibrant and just starting to peak at 14 years of age. Impressive wine with long aging potential."



Robert Parker also tasted it in 2015, scoring 92 and saying "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. It is not plump like the previous vintage, though 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.". Wine Enthusiast Magazine on release, made it an "Editors' Choice" with a score of 95 points. They said "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." Extremely Limited!!

Wine Details

  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Appellation Margaux

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