Chateau Giscours 1999
- Bordeaux Blend
Tasted at the Château Giscours vertical, the 1999 Château Giscours is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot picked between September 21 and October 5. It has a straightforward bouquet with scents of red plum, autumn leaves and a touch of rose petal that needs a little more vigor. The palate is better than the nose, a little more cohesive than the 1998, with more freshness. There is a savory, almost meaty tincture towards the finish, which has a slight ferrous note lingering on the aftertaste. I have not tasted this for ten years, but it shoots just above my expectations. Tasted June 2015 - WA89
Giscours has a long, rich history, which can be traced back to the fourteenth century. At that time it was a defensive tower overlooking a wild and inhospitable region. 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 and each of the rich merchant’s successors made their own contribution to this magnificent building. It was in the nineteenth century under the promise, Pescatore and Cruse families that Giscours gained much of its finery: the château was transformed into neoclassical palace, architect Eugene Bülher and the production facilities were modernized with the construction of huge buildings, including the famous «Ferme Suzanne”. The history of Giscours represents a fascinating story, full of countless anecdotes…
Located in the Margaux appellation, in the communes of Labarde and Arsac, Giscours exceptional terroir presents all the qualities required to produce a great wine. The soil components are ideal. Three magnificent gravel hilltops deposited by the Garonne at the beginning the Quaternary era are one of the key features. The gravel plays a vitally important role, reflecting the sun’s rays and maintaining a stable temperature during the night, thereby providing ideal conditions for the ripening of the grapes. The topography is equally important: an altitude of twenty meters for the hilltops of Petit and Grand Poujeau, and seventeen meters for that of Cantelaude, whose slopes reach down to the château itself, in an east-westerly direction. The gentle climate is another beneficial factor. This subtle balance gives the terroir its undeniable finesse…
“A great wine is not the work of one man, it is the result of a tradition that is upheld and refined”, wrote Paul Claudel This tradition, inseparable from the greatest wines in the Medoc has passed down the generations at Giscours.
In recent years, a young dynamic team has combined this ancestral expertise with the latest technology: the team takes a permanent care of the vines with the passing seasons, hand-picked harvests are the subject of special attention, and plot by plot management is constantly refined with substantial investments in the vineyards…
Ensuring that the best grape varieties are matched with the extraordinary terroir, providing the vital link to this fabulous alchemy, the men of Giscours have only one guiding principle: a growing quality, making it consistent and inherent to this great wine…