Peter Maude Fine Wines

2020, Château Giscours, MARGAUX, 3ème Grand Cru Classé


Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.

The 2020 Giscours has a fresh and vibrant bouquet with blackberry, blueberry, crushed violet and iris flower scents. As I remarked from barrel, there is a conspicuous gap between the Grand Vin and Deuxième Vin this year. The palate is smooth on the entry, quite sapid with hints of black olive infusing the black fruit. Harmonious, the 50% new oak neatly folded in, especially on the seductive finish. Interestingly, a decanted bottle had a bit more austerity on the finish than the one just poured. 94 Neal Martin, Vinous.

The 2020 Giscours is every bit as compelling as it was from barrel. Succulent dark cherry, plum, new leather, liquorice, menthol and mocha fill out the layers nicely. There's a good bit of Merlot in this year, which lends quite a bit of mid-palate juiciness and textural depth, but there is also plenty of supporting structure underneath. The 2020 is both flamboyant and serious, a pretty appealing combination, I have to say. Tasted two times. 96 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

Drinking Window: 2026 - 2050

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