2003 Château Giscours Margaux Wine Tasting Note

2003 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 92

Fully developed, served blind, I thought the wine was from 1990. While it is not a wine I would keep for a long-term hold, there was a lot to like here. Medium-bodied, lush, soft and silky, the fruit was ripe, sweet and juicy. There was no sensation of jam. The wine was clean and aromatically interesting. However, I would not hope for further development.

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Light ruby in color, smoke, truffle, earth, cigar box, fennel and jammy black cherry scents create the complex aromatics. Medium bodied, silky, sexy and filled with black raspberry and spice. This is not a wine that requires more age. I’d drink this over the next 6 to 9 years. The wine was made using a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

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With black licorice, back cherries, truffle and cassis aromas, this silky textured, ripe, medium/full bodied, elegant wine is developing nicely. The wine, which is on a fast track to maturity, ends with a refined, spicy, cassis and kirsch filled finish.

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Giscours Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Giscours, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Giscours needs time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Giscours is usually better with at least 10-12 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Giscours offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 12-30 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Giscours, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Giscours is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Giscours is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Giscours is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

A 63 hectare plot of vines adjacent to Chateau Giscours, but just outside the boundaries of the Margaux appellation, is the grape source for their wine produced and bottled as Le Haut Medoc de Giscours.

Other Bordeaux wines produced by the owners of Giscours include Chateau Duthil and Chateau Houringe. Chateau Duthil is their high-end Haut Medoc wine, as it is made from a selection of their best parcels.

Both those estates are classified as Cru Bourgeois wines from the Haut Medoc appellation. The same technical team that produces Chateau Giscours is in charge of making their Haut Medoc wines as well.