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Chateau Giscours Margaux 2019

$71.95
13.50% /
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Vintage: 2019
  • WS 93
  • WA 95
  • DEC 94
  • JD 94
  • JS 97
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With the 2019 vintage we aimed to preserve Chateau Giscours’ signature style, its power and structure, while at the same time working on two characteristics that we especially appreciate: the aromatic palette and the finesse of the tannins. The Merlot revealed different characteristics depending on the terroir and the harvest date. Some were juicy, fruity, and bursting with freshness, while others, with a more advanced degree of ripeness, presented a magnificent roundness and a much more voluptuous character. For the Cabernet, we decided to delay harvesting in order to achieve the most complete maturity of the skins and therefore of the tannins. In the winery, we modified our extraction approach with a focus on the delicacy of the tannins. Maceration was based more on duration of contact between juice and skins than on the intensity of extraction. Our decisions were guided by tasting at every step. The objective was to give to the Cabernet the desired three-dimensional character with structure, freshness and density.Very precise and well-balanced, the 2019 vintage gives full expression to the Chateau Giscours refined style.
Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot

41 reviews for Chateau Giscours Margaux 2019

  1. Mary Ramey

    Brett, massive tannins which block the whole mouth. Short drying, bitter finish – this wine is overdone. Bad sample?

  2. Ignacio Wiseman

    Flowers, black, red and blue fruits, wet earth, spice and smoke produce the attention-grabbing perfume. Pure silk and velvet in texture, the wine has richness and depth, while focusing on its purity and freshness. The long finish, with its fabulous lift and sweetness in the fruit keeps on going, long after the wine has left the glass. The wine blends 65% Cabernet Sauvignon with 35% Merlot, 13.9% alcohol. Picking took place September 11 – October 12, making this the longest harvest in the history of Giscours. This is the best vintage produced in the long history of Chateau Giscours. 95-97 Pts

  3. Kate Caldon

    Echantillon prélevé le 27 Mai, a blend of 65% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. Classical Giscours, well balanced, beautiful Cabernet-Sauvignon character; liquorice, energetic palate with nice volume, finely grained tannins, clean and transparent, floral lift; very good length. Well defined but a good rather than great Giscours. 91-93.

  4. John Loken

    93-95 vvPunkte (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot): Tiefgründig, mit dunkler Frucht, krautigen Noten, Tee, Rauch, Himbeeren und einem Touch Mokka. Der Gaumen ist vollmundig, zeigt Fülle, Reife und eine sehr gute Struktur, die Tannine sind fein gewoben, seidig, verleihen der Frucht Halt und tragen diese bis in einen ausgesprochen langen Abgang. Ein Top Giscours, den man dank sinkenden Preisen zu fairem Kurs kaufen kann. 2026-2042. (Juni 2020)

  5. William Lees

    Académie des Cinquante Giscours Zoom Tasting (Online): Échantillon prélevé le 28 Mai 2021. A blend of 65% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, 13.5% ABV. Beautifully pure and fragrant nose, cherries and violets, liquorice root, fresh and precise, warmth from perfectly integrated oak; tight and energetic palate, crisp Cabernet acidity and a pleasant leafiness, fresh but ripe Merlot, finely chiselled tannins, impeccable balance; excellent drive and length. It seems like I underestimated this wine when I tasted it last year.

  6. Raul Mounsey

    Overripe sweet berries, liquorice, oak, stoney minerals and savoury earth. Medium body, quite charm.

  7. Martha Randolph

    Château Giscours Margaux 3eme GCC 2019 (65% CS / 35% M) 13.5% alcP&P bei zunächst 14°Dunkles, aber nicht ganz blickdichtes PurpurgranatNase: gibt zuerst nach dem Öffnen der Flasche nicht so sehr viel preis. Nach einigen Minuten im Glas entsteigt diesem jedoch eine Orgie von Geruchsnuancen aus (mehrheitlich roten) Früchten, besonders Himbeeren, aber auch sehr reife Ribisl, Blumen, besonders Veilchen, wenig réglisse, frischem Brot und etwas wie frisch gemahlenem, sehr zurückhaltendem Zimt, nur ein Hauch Weihnacht quasi in einem Korb von Frühling und Sommer. Sehr feinduftig.Gaumen: Hier kommen schwarze Beeren wie Brombeeren, aber auch Schwarzkirschen zum Vorschein, etwas schwarzer Holunder, auch hier wieder Blumen, als kaute man frisch gepflückte Blumenkelche, besonders Veilchen, in ein komplexes Gemisch von verschiedenen Melissenarten getaucht, keine Spur von Holz, ganz feine Tannine von sehr hoher Qualität.Im langen Abgang hallen die in Melisse getauchten Veilchen nach.Fazit: Mit dem 19er findet Giscours nach einer Phase, in der man doch etwas auf Power aus war, auf die sehr feine Schiene des feinduftig-feinfruchtig-blumigen Margaux zurück. Keinerlei Alkohol stört den superfeinen und frischen Eindruck.Man muss bei einem so jungen Wein mit der Bewertung vorsichtig sein, aber das sind schon 94/95 Punkte, und wenn der in 10/12 Jahren hält, was er jetzt verspricht, kann das ein wahrhaft großer Margaux im Bereich von 96/97 Punkten sein.

  8. Helen Thomas

    95 vvPunkte (Verkostet im November 2021 in Zürich) Tief. komplex, viel dunkle Frucht, florale Töne. Cremigejr Gaumen, reife Frucht, feinkörniges Tannin. Sehr frisch und top balanciert. Gandioser Giscours. 2025-2040 vvWine.ch

  9. Sarah Branz

    Amsterdam UGCB Tasting (Beurs van Berlage): Very precise wine making here, displays the masculine elegance which typifies a very good Giscours.

  10. Scott Irvin

    Dark fruit and licorice with some herbs and spices on the nose.The palate was very round silty tannins carrying sweet fruit linearly along a long pleasant profile.

  11. Michael Smith

    Lord’s 2019 in bottle tasting. A good light expression of the vintage. Almost drinking now. Outshone by the 2016.

  12. Thomas Henry

    Freshness and purity is the hallmark of this wine. The intensity of the perfume, with all of its violets, lilacs, and roses, along with tobacco leaf, black and red fruits, wet earth, spice, and smoke are attention-grabbing. But I love the silky palate textures with all of its depth and richness, purity of fruity, vibrancy, and length. This is the best vintage produced in the long history of Chateau Giscours. It will age effortlessly for 2 -3 decades. Drink from 2026-2055.

  13. Robert Burwell

    Château Giscours, Margaux, 2019: Deep royal purple in color. The nose is redolent with perfumy aromas of dried lavender unusually but beautifully intermixed with black and blue forest berries, cigar box, spices and underbrush. On the palate, it is medium to full-bodied (leaning to full), oh so delicately and elegantly polished, with great purity of fruit and silkiness without ever feeling too heavy. It is somewhat more old school by contrast to the flamboyant 2015/16/18, but it is clearly more exuberant than the austere and masculine 2017. As it opens up in the glass, it shows perfectly ripe black currants, blackberries and blueberries as well as juicy raspberries, followed by notes of graphite, earthy minerals and mushrooms, with a touch of black truffle, medium-plus acidity, with firm, tight-grained tannins that gain in intensity from the mid-palate throughout the long and lush finish which features hints of smoky wood and bakers chocolate. Margaux, oh Margaux, Giscours is your faithful subject… 13% Abv. Might be approachable around 2029, but best 2030-2047, likely longer. 95-96

  14. Angel Jordan

    Part of a verticale organised by the château. Confirming the superior quality of 2019, this youngster has all to please – in about 20 years. Tannins still very present, but yielding into fine tobacco, roast, vanilla, mature raspberies and strawberries, backed by delicate wood, spices and vanilla. Patience!

  15. Terry Wyatt

    Opens up with a big aromatic blast of sweet froot evoking blueberry pie filling, segueing to somewhat more classic blackberry and currant fruit as it develops in the glass but packed with primary fruit just the same. It did have an undercurrent of juiciness and a bit of tartness to avoid feeling too gloppy, though it’s not entirely sans glop. The tannins have an old-style, even harsh feel like the texture of an old thick itchy wool sweater a grizzled Irish fisherman would wear, but that’s good here because if they had come across much softer this would have been in the zone of generic international style. Honestly it was a bit generic and short on personality as it stands. For Margaux, it’s notably dark-toned and muscular. I suppose it has the raw materials to develop well and turn into something interesting but I can’t say it showed much today to make me interested enough in hopping along for the ride.

  16. Christopher Davis

    Premium Bordeaux 2019 Assemblage Zoom tasting. Drank in Grassl 1855.Appearance is clear, deep intensity, purplish ruby colour. Legs.Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of fresg blackcurrant, blackberries, black plum, white chocolate, cedar, lovely spice,heady dark violets. Developing.On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.9%), fine high tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour itnensity, with flavours of blackcurrant, blackberries, sweet black plum, cedar, sweet spices, fine sandalwood, dark new leather. Long finish. Very good quality. Very poised and fine. Needs time.65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot.

  17. Gregory Mitchell

    UGC Bordeaux (Union Station – Chicago IL): Walk around tasting. Spiced with good balance and a touch of cigarbox behind the bold black fruits. Elegant for the vintage with very good length and nearly a sense of harmony already this young. 92-93 point potential.

  18. Lee White

    Elegantly stemmy, understated fruit, notable acidity and bitterness. At LA UGC

  19. Mercedes Spears

    Charming, soft, elegant, and really just pretty. Floral vibe with another solid delivery at a great price. How can you dislike Gisours..Drink or Hold

  20. John Young

    Union des Grands Crus: This sample is reduced on the nose, but there’s an attractive red-fruited, floral character underneath. Fullish on the palate.

  21. Charles Vasquez

    Elegant, very good balance. The tannins seem round and ready.This is already drinking very nicely, but I am missing complexity and structure.

  22. Paul Correa

    Oakier than a bunch of other Margaux gcc, a bit green as well. On the palate, tannin is a little harsh, but not too crazy. Bitterness aftertaste. I paid $45 and it tastes like a $30 wine. Obviously not good QPR.

  23. Antonia Osullivan

    Coravin’d and blind tasted. This fared worse than a 2018 d’Issan and 2019 Troplong Mondot.This wine needs more time. It’s very nice but doesn’t seem ready as the tannins need to soften a bit. There’s sweet and tart red cherries on the nose and palate. I’d suggest a long decant if drinking now.Not sure I’d get more bottles than the 2 we have of this particular vintage, just because we prefer the D’Issan. But this is certainly a good wine and not bad QPR at $70.

  24. Norman Pierce

    I was glad to have a second go at this as the sample at the UGC didn’t show particularly well. This bottle sported a silky, elegant, and aromatic nose, red fruited, delicately perfumed, subtly floral. Nice fruit presence on the palate, medium weight. Pleasantly fruity, graphic finish. 92-93

  25. Rita Richards

    Opened up one of these as I got a sixpack and thought I’d try one. Still quite young and unformed obviously, but has so much going for it. Beautiful black fruit along with a beam of acidity. I’ve often found Giscours a bit uninviting or needing more time than most, but this is really sexy, inviting and flamboyant. I got this for a song. I think the ’19 vintage was one of the very best price/quality vintages especially with the threat of tariffs and Covid backdrop, and even now at its higher prices is likely a better bet than virtually any other recent vintage; this is a great example. 95+pts.

  26. Krystal Sanabria

    Bordeaux 2019 Langtons Arrival Tasting: On the more obvious disappointments. Round, fruited, simple and a bit hollow. Lacked structure.

  27. Viola Graham

    Nose is a bit shy. There are aroma of ripe black fruits, sweet spices, leather and a touch of violet. Palate showing similar aromatics, fresh and rich at the same time. Mid-palate has decent power surrounded by a layer of polished edges. Almost full-bodied in the structure. Finish is velvety and flavourful. Definitely will improve with 3-5 more years of aging to gain better depth and definition. 93-95 pts.

  28. Charles Franz

    Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2019 Vintage Tasting, Singapore: Tasted at UGC Bordeaux 2019 tasting in Singapore.Unfortunately a very poor showing at this tasting. Very hot, alcoholic. NOse almost Rhône like, and palate lacking balance.I hope this is an off bottle otherwise my anticipated range would be something like 85-88.

  29. Alvin Nadler

    Sour raspberry or red plum, seaweed, graphite, oak and a floral element on the nose. Medium body, more of the sour red fruits (in a good way), mineral, very fresh but with a slight green bitterness. The finish is very dry at this point, quite tannic. Closed up after being open for a couple hours. 91On Day 3 it was excellent. Had a graphite tobacco note to the nose and had become more silky, very fresh. Still quite tannic but more voluptuous. 93

  30. James Pollock

    Drank over 3 evenings. By modern standards, this has a rather modest 13.5% ABV. Very Margaux with a delicate berry nose laced with minerals and abundant floral notes of violets, geranium and rose petals. Raspberry, bing cherry, cranberry and cassis flavors with hints of leather, anisette, and marjoram. Quite complex and refined, with good acidity and a long finish marked by lush, silky tannins. I really like this, I think even more than the excellent ’16 and ’18.

  31. Emma Monahan

    Hedegaard smagning

  32. Patrick Anderson

    Sipping on a gorgeous 2019 Giscours right now, 13.5%, I’m sorry, this is everything that the Farr folks are saying about the Margaux appellation…. Ripe, but 13.5%, balanced, crisp, structured, engaging, there’s a personality to these 2019s. Richly colored, but nothing saturated, extracted, over the top… i.e., Parkerized…. Nothing of that sordid sort. I’m sorry, I wish Robert Parker many happy years ahead. I was a fan. That fellow great American made his mark. But now, like Tom Brady, the GOAT, it is time to move on. There are the new bucks, the Patrick Mahones, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow. As the benevolent dictator of “Bordeaux Wine Enthusiasts” — the greatest wine website on the internet — I hereby declare Robert Parker DEAD. We are free. Free at last. Why do I say that? Because, in 2019, a consequential autumn, Giscours came in at 13.5%. And with amazing balance. And freshness. Of course, it is “light on its feet.” Honestly, I’ve got a lot more 2019s that I’ve got to sample, but from what I’ve seen, there is a straight faced argument to be made that this is a vintage of epic proportions, “best ever (per Farr’s),” 1982-like (per Farr’s). But perhaps most importantly…. Robert Parker is dead…. 2019 offers hope that after 40 years of abuse — internationalization, global warming, financial market shenanigans, Parkerization, Rudy, Kapon, the “lux” selling-out of Lynch Bages, the Asian soap opera, the London soap opera, pandemic, financial crisis, terrorism, Elon Musk, Donald Trump, Vlad Putin, Harry, Emily in Paris, the decline of France, the pornographic, sadistic rise in influence of the internet in the wine world — after all that abuse that I can think of off the top of my head, and much, much more…. Giscours still prevails, comes in crisp and clean at a beautifully styled 13.5%, a gorgeous, balanced 95 point effort. Robert Parker is dead. Long live Bordeaux.JimHowwww.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com

  33. Carl Dixon

    Nose: dusty cassis, tilled earth, rose petal, hint on meatiness; very nice. Palate: inky and ripe cassis, mixed berries, loads of thick dark chocolate; tannins feel like an iron fist in a velvet glove; everything is in such good balance…wow!

  34. Arnold Beacom

    Ten 2019 Left Bank Offerings: Over two days.Loud bouquet, more Saint-Julien like than Margaux. It features purple berries, violets, dark chocolate, spent espresso grounds, pipe tobacco, savory herbs, and mineral ores.Bold attack! Solidly expansive middle…if somewhat underwhelming for Giscours. The back drops off rather precipitously. The wine finishes with a restrained bite. All that is present comes of nicely. What it lacks, however, disappoints. This will evolve over the next decade, or longer, and might improve. Unlikely, however, to achieve greatness.

  35. Dorothy Horn

    Deep dark, inky purple garnet in color, essentially opaque. Full, forward & attractive nose of ripe fruit aromas of dark cherries, cassis & plums with overtones of earthy/dusty & floral notes, some herbs, anise, cocoa, mint, spices, minerals, leather/tobacco & cedar notes in the background. Medium-full bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, lush & glossy, ripe fruit flavors of cherries, blackberries & plums with herbs, minerals, spices & a hint of vanilla/oak. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting & extended airing (+90 mins.) but should develop further with additional aging at which time it may merit a higher score (94+).

  36. Alice Myers

    Bordeaux 2022 en Primeur and some recent vintages: This wine is higher positioned than the du Tertre, managed by the same team. Today, it didn’t feel that way today. The tannins were a bit rustic compared to the fruit.

  37. WS

    Really solid for the vintage, with a fresh edge to the mix of black currant, blackberry and fig paste flavors. This wine’s energy extends through the finish, where humus, singed cedar, savory and iron-tinged minerality add range and cut. Still shows the vintage’s excessive heat, but this manages it better than most of its peers. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2023.

  38. WA

    The 2019 Giscours has turned out very well in bottle, wafting from the glass with aromas of sweet berries, cherries, burning embers, lilac and violets framed by a discreet patina of new oak. Full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it’s polished and perfumed, with a velvety, seamless profile and bright animating acids, concluding with a long, resonant finish. Alexandre Van Beek and his team are taking this estate to heights it hasn’t hit since the 1970s, and this is another of the great bargains of the 2019 en primeur campaign. Best after 2029.

  39. DEC

    This is a serious Giscours, with medium intensity violet-edged ruby colour. High aromatics on the nose with cumin and cloves, followed by black cherry and cassis fruits that do a good job of filling the palate, and a cooling menthol finish as the tannins close in. Enjoyable overall, succulent yet with precision. Harvest lasted for an entire month, from September 11 to October 12, the longest ever at the estate and a reflection of more precise plot-by-plot work, with vines separated according to age and terroir.

  40. JD

    Checking in as a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, the 2019 Château Giscours is one heck of an impressive Margaux. Deep purple-hued, with a great nose of both black and blue fruits as well as sappy herbs, tobacco, and flowers, it has nicely integrated oak, medium to full body, ripe yet certainly present tannins, and a great finish. It’s beautifully done. Hide bottles for 4-6 years and enjoy over the following two decades or so. Best after 2026.

  41. JS

    A ripe and layered red with lots of currant and chocolate character, as well as some walnut and cocoa powder. Crushed stones, too. It’s full and layered with round tannins and a juicy and plush texture. Crushed velvet that turns to silk. Very cool and long. Plenty going on here. Give it three to four years to come together. But will age beautifully for years to come. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 93
Wine Spectator
Really solid for the vintage, with a fresh edge to the mix of black currant, blackberry and fig paste flavors. This wine's energy extends through the finish, where humus, singed cedar, savory and iron-tinged minerality add range and cut. Still shows the vintage's excessive heat, but this manages it better than most of its peers. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2023.
WA 95
Wine Advocate
The 2019 Giscours has turned out very well in bottle, wafting from the glass with aromas of sweet berries, cherries, burning embers, lilac and violets framed by a discreet patina of new oak. Full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's polished and perfumed, with a velvety, seamless profile and bright animating acids, concluding with a long, resonant finish. Alexandre Van Beek and his team are taking this estate to heights it hasn't hit since the 1970s, and this is another of the great bargains of the 2019 en primeur campaign. Best after 2029.
DEC 94
Decanter
This is a serious Giscours, with medium intensity violet-edged ruby colour. High aromatics on the nose with cumin and cloves, followed by black cherry and cassis fruits that do a good job of filling the palate, and a cooling menthol finish as the tannins close in. Enjoyable overall, succulent yet with precision. Harvest lasted for an entire month, from September 11 to October 12, the longest ever at the estate and a reflection of more precise plot-by-plot work, with vines separated according to age and terroir.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
Checking in as a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, the 2019 Château Giscours is one heck of an impressive Margaux. Deep purple-hued, with a great nose of both black and blue fruits as well as sappy herbs, tobacco, and flowers, it has nicely integrated oak, medium to full body, ripe yet certainly present tannins, and a great finish. It's beautifully done. Hide bottles for 4-6 years and enjoy over the following two decades or so. Best after 2026.
JS 97
James Suckling
A ripe and layered red with lots of currant and chocolate character, as well as some walnut and cocoa powder. Crushed stones, too. It’s full and layered with round tannins and a juicy and plush texture. Crushed velvet that turns to silk. Very cool and long. Plenty going on here. Give it three to four years to come together. But will age beautifully for years to come. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot.

What does Chateau Giscours Margaux 2019 taste like?


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Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, peach

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, lemon zest

cheese, cream, toasted bread

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, grass, asparagus

raisin, fig, prune

tropical, mango, bubblegum

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

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