The 2019 Giscours has a well-defined, quite tertiary nose, very precise and minerally, detailed and effortless. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, fresh on the entry, quite edgy with a lively, almost citrus-fresh finish that urges you to take another sip. Maybe not the substance for long-term cellaring, but delicious. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2038
Robert Parker 95
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.
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2065
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Very deep blackish crimson. Lifted aromatic nose. Then a little more earthbound and simple on the palate. Dry cedary impression on the finish. Not integrated at this stage.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2040