Chateau Giscours 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France

$79.99
Item No. 96213
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE95
  • WS93
  • CG92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • WE94
  • RP90
  • ST90
  • 2007
  • WE93
  • WS89
  • 2006
  • WE94
  • WS91
  • ST91
  • 1999
  • RP89
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Winemaker's Notes


#94 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008

Critical Acclaim

"This chateau gets better and better. The wine has power, but it is harnessed by the intense fruits, the blackberry flavors, the density and the wood. With the power, though, comes elegance, resulting in a wine that is ready to develop over many years."
95 Points

"Displays blackberry, cherry and hints of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very pretty and solid. This is structured and chewy. Needs time. Best after 2013."
93 Points

"Just a bit different in its slight bows to mint and tar, but wholly on point otherwise with concentrated cassis-like notes and hints of dried violets, new leather and toasted vanilla beans, this wine is fairly full and rounded on the palate to start and follows with extracted flavors that a bit on the chewy side but are not overly burdened by youthful tannins. Time is very much on its side, and a wait of some five to eight years seems in order."
92 Points

"This forward-styled 2005 possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a big, sweet bouquet of roasted herbs, fudge, espresso, figs, and cherry jam. Opulent, even decadent, with low acidity, but high glycerin and fruit extract as well as a flamboyant fleshiness, this is a stunningly impressive, hedonistic, savory Margaux to enjoy between 2010-2025."
91 Points

"Good ruby-red. Lovely lift to the aromas of black fruits, licorice and minerals. Pure, intense and sweet, offering an enticing combination of black fruit, mineral and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes long and sweet, with plenty of tannic structure and a lingering note of bitter chocolate. A juicy, serious wine with some power. This has turned out very well."
91 Points

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looper - Westmont, IL (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
I was at the chateau earlier this year and tried the 2005. After tasting, I bought as many bottles as my suitcase would hold.
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Matt McClelland - Salt Lake City, UT (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(10/21/2010)
I was disappointed. I was at the Chateau in March of 2010 and sampled the 2006. They are one of the largest producers in the Medoc region (similar to KJ). I feel like they do not go for finesse which is a major characteristic of this region. It was too alcoholy and made it difficult to taste the notes. I would suggest cellaring or passing for another wine in this epic production region. If you are searching for a great wine from this region, seek out the 2006 Chateau Dauzac (not the La Bastide Dauzac). Great and full bodied, well balanced with notes of cocoa and leather. Delicious and incredibly close to the terroir of Chateau Margaux. Also, quite cheaper.
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Located on a beautiful 300 hectare estate, the 83 hectare Giscours vineyard is located in the famous Margaux appellation. Though the estate was first mentioned in a document dating back to 1330, it was not until 1847 that Count de Pescatore laid the cornerstone of the remarkable chateau that now overlooks the vines. Giscours' quality was confirmed by its inclusion as a Third...

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(mahr-GOH) Silky Smooth Soft, elegant, feminine… these are words often used to describe the wines of Margaux. The commune is different from its northern neighbors of the Haut-Medoc in both geography and style. Home to the name-sharing premier cru, Margaux lays a few marshlands south of St.-Julien. Notable Facts As in other Medoc appellations, Cabernet Sauvignon leads the...

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