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The aromatics are very focused with black fruit, violets, fig and mineral scents that are very well defined. But you need patience - this is not as immediate as the previous vintage. The palate delivers brilliant delineation and poise, more freshness than it knows what to do with, an intensity that is supremely well focused and length in the mouth. There is even a dab of mint chocolate making a surprise appearance on the aftertaste. This is a very impressive Giscours. - Neal Martin, Robert ParkerVintage in image may vary. Refer to wine facts for current vintage.
Giscours has a long, rich history, which can be traced back to the 14th century. At that time it was a defensive tower overlooking the surroundings land. The real beginning came in 1552, when Pierre de Lhomme, a wealthy Bordeaux draper, bought a nobleman's house called "Guyscoutz"; he proceeded to turn it into a vast estate and planted the first vines.
Wine production was launched. It was in the 19th century under the Promis, the Pescatore and Cruse families that Giscours gained much of its finery: the château was transformed into a neoclassical palace, and the production facilities were modernized with the construction of huge buildings, including the famous "Ferme Suzanne".
In 1995, a Dutch businessman, Eric Albada
Jelgersma, took over management and set about meticulously renovating the
vineyard and buildings to make this prestigious estate fully worthy of its
third growth ranking in the 1855 classification.
Serve at 17-18°C with braised cushion of veal, pasta and boletus mushrooms or with quail and figs cooked in parchment paper. This wine will be the perfect partner for a good selection of cheeses.
Alexander van BEEK
Oenologist: Jacques BOISSENOT
Eric Albada JELGERSMA
10,000 vines/ha: Château d’Armailhac preserves the old methods of ensuring quality.
Double sorting, manual and mechanical.
Classical vinification in thermo-regulated concrete and stainless steel vats.
15 to 18 months in French oak barrels, with 50% new oak.
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot