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Château Giscours

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2018 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 95

Floral in nature, this wine shows a bouquet of ripe, dark red fruits with background notes of cocoa, mint and wet earth. On the palate, which is where this really shines, the wine is rich, full-bodied, elegant, fruity, luscious and lively. I like the spicy, fresh cherry ending with its sprig of mint. The wine was produced blending 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.79. The picking took place from September 12 to October 12. Due to issues with mildew, the production was down close to 30%. 94-96 Pts

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2017 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 93

Flowers, thyme, red fruits and just a hint of espresso arise but most of what will transpire is being held in reserve. On the palate, the energetic, red berries offer sweetness, purity and silky tannins. The finish is fruity, bright and long. The wine was produced blending 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. The picking took place from September 15 to October 5.

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2016 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 95

Ruby gem in color, the wine is floral, with hints of licorice, cocoa, crème de cassis and tobacco in the perfume. Vibrant, silky, sensuous and energetic, the fruit offers its sweet, juicy sensations with ease. The finish, with its length, purity and poise makes you want to take another sip, just for the pleasure.

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The combination of vibrant, fresh, fruits, lavender notes, sensuous, silky textures and a finish that offers pure, red, soft, elegant, polished , bright, red berries really works here.

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Fresh, lively and vibrant, the sweet, red fruits pop with floral and earthy accents. Silky and fresh, with purity in the fruits, gives this a decade and it will start to shine.

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Flowers garnished with truffles, tobacco, spicy cassis and dark red fruits pop on the nose. In the mouth, this is all silk and purity with freshness and length. This wine was produced from a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot. This is the highest percentage of Cabernet used in the blend in the history of the estate. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a 3.6 pH. The picking took place from September 26 to October 5, while the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from October 5 to October 20.

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2015 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 96

The best Giscours ever! The depth of color is there, and so is the depth of flavor in the fruit. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, lushly textured and loaded with sweet, dark fruits, hints of truffle, tobacco and black plums. On the palate the wine is soft, elegant, soft and fresh. There is a lot of juice in the fruits that you can feel as well as taste. This will age for 2-3 decades with little effort.

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This is just great wine. Everything is in balance here. Full bodied, and loaded with sweet, fresh, ripe, masterfully, pure, cherry, plum and blackberry notes, the wine is elegant, long and complex. The complex notes of cedar, tobacco leaf, forest floor, and spring flowers add to the ripe, juicy, deep red fruits. The finish lingers and expands. This should provide at least 3 decades or longer of pure pleasure. This is clearly the best wine ever produced at Giscours!

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Firing on all cylinders today. There is a lot going on here, with all its floral, truffle and pure fruits, this is already sublime. Add the silky polished textures and you have a real winner. This is probably going to be at, or better than the 2009 and 2010, this is a beauty that will easily hit the top of my score range.

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With a dark, ruby color, the violet aromas really get you going, that is until you get hit with the sweet, black, juicy plums, cocoa, black cherry and thyme. Full-bodied, plush and polished with more concentration, structure and opulence than you normally find at Giscours. The finish is all about the freshness and focused vibrant, spicy, sweet, ripe, dark, red berries. This wine was produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.7% alcohol and a 3.6 pH. The picking ranged from September 10 to October 9 and the Grand Vin represents 68% of the harvest. 94 - 96 Pts

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2014 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 92

Polished tannins, pure, ripe, fresh, sweet, dark, red fruits, and a silky textured, fresh finish are really already showing well, with little effort. As this ages, it could score higher.

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A complex nose of earth, tobacco, mint, black cherry and raspberries, this wine is soft and polished and there is a fresh, unadulterated plum and fresh, black raspberry sensation in the silky finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. 91-92 Pts

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2013 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 89

Medium bodied with soft textures, the wine has an open, fresh, bright, red berry, earthy and floral character. This is already providing early drinking pleasure.

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Shy aromas of vanilla, flowers, dark strawberry and earth get stronger with coaxing. The wine is medium bodied, bright and fresh with cassis and crisp, soft strawberries in a finish that leaves a good impression. This is a very strong wine for the vintage. From a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.64. With yields of 40 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represents 50% of the harvest. The wine is aged in 47% new, French oak. 89-91 Pts

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2012 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 91

Truffle, fresh herbs, blackberries and black cherry scents create the perfume. A few years in the cellar will help add more layers of complexity and softness to this charming wine.

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Blending 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Dark ruby in color, licorice, flowers, cocoa, cherry and cassis notes open to soft, refined, medium-bodied dark cherry- and cassis-filled wine with good freshness, supple textures and a red berry-dominated finish. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 90

Spicy berries, forest scents, black plum and wet earth notes greet your nose with little effort. This early drinking vintage of Giscours offers fresh, peppy dark red cherries and spice in the finish.

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Blending 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. With flowers, spice, black cherry, cassis and coffee, this medium-bodied wine is round and fresh with ripe black cherry. 90-92 Pts

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2010 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 93

Loads of crisp, fresh, bright, dark red fruits that show grace, definition and purity. Classic in the right way, with great aromatics, body and length, this is a long distance runner that demands another decade of age before it really shows its stuff. In tonight's head to head match up with the 2009, the 2010 came in second place. But that could have to do with the wine being much tighter today. In time, the order of these 2 beauties could be easily reversed. The wine was made from 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot.

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Still young and tight as expected, yet it is impossible not to see the potential here. Fresh, ripe, fragrant and energetic, give this another 5-8 years and it should be showing great!

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Licorice, espresso bean, black cherries, truffle and forest notes open to a rich textured, full bodied, plush, potent Margaux, filled with fresh, pure, clean, ripe, black and red fruits. The final blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot is going to develop into a very special wine with a decade or so of bottle age. This is probably the best vintage I've ever tasted of Chateau Giscours!

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Spice, blackberry, jam, flowers and toasty oak scents open to a full bodied, rich, structured, fresh, concentrated and classy Margaux wine. The long, ripe, dark, fruit filled, long, polished finish is fresh and pure. This should age well.

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Deep in color, the intense perfume is packed with crème de cassis, blueberries, spice, flowers, tobacco, earth and spice box aromas. Rich, opulent and plush, this deep, ripe wine ends with a supple, fresh, elegant, dark berry filled finish. This is clearly the best vintage of Giscours I’ve ever tasted! It improved a lot since tasted in April. Bravo. 93-95 Pts

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Giscours Produced from a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot, this is the highest concentration of Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of the chateau! The harvest produced yields that were slightly lower than they produced in 2009. That combination created a deep ruby colored wine offering floral, cassis, boysenberry and smoky aromas. Round tannins, supple textures and more muscle than usual led the way for a long, fresh, pure, ripe, cassis. According to Alexandre Van Beek, he’s happy with the masculine edge to the wines style in this vintage. He graciously stated, “Credit goes to their consultant Denis Dubordieu, who began working with Giscours and du Tertre starting with the vintage.“ 91-93 Pts

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2009 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 94

Showing some maturity in color and in the nose, which offers flowers, dark red fruits, wet earth, tobacco and cedar, on the palate you find a depth of flavor, juiciness in the fruit and silky textures in the finish.

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Dark in color, with loads of concentrated, perfectly, dark red and black fruits. The wine is supple, round and even a bit ostentatious, with silky tannins and a velvet textured finish. This has filled out adding more complexities and nuances than the last time I tasted it. But it is still quite young and warrants at least another 7 years or so of aging. The wine was made from blending 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.

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Vanilla, earth, blackberry, cocoa, stone, truffle and espresso bean notes create the complex perfume. In texture, the wine is rich, opulent and packed with layers of sweet, juicy, silky dark plums with fresh, spicy, black cherries. The wine was made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.

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Truffle, tobacco, cassis, black raspberry and forest floor notes produce the complex perfume. The blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc creates layers of deep, long waves of voluptuously textured, dark chocolate covered, fresh black cherries.

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Spicy blackberry, tobacco, crème de cassis, blueberry, earth and toasty oak aromas are the perfect introduction to this suave, rich, ripe Margaux. Fresh, round and soft, this ends with layers of sweet blackberry and cassis. As this wine develops, it could increase in score.

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2009 Giscours shows cassis, cocoa, espresso, citrus, and black raspberry in the nose. Full bodied with ripe tannins, the wine finishes with sweet black raspberry and chocolate notes. The finest Giscours I have tasted. The wine was made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. 91/93 Pts

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2008 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 90

Showing some maturity in color and in the nose, you can find truffle, tobacco, cedar and spicy, bright red fruits. The wine is fresh and sweet on the attack. The finish is crisp with some herbs along with the fruits in the finish.

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Medium bodied with a nice mix of freshness, charm and elegance. The blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot created a nice, red berry, tobacco, spice and floral focused wine that is just starting to come around. Give it another 4-5 more years.

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Earth, truffle, tobacco leaf, cassis and notes of bitter chocolate are easy to find. The smooth textured, refined, charming wine finishes with chocolate covered cassis sensations. The wine was made from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

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2006 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 89

Firm, strict, classically styled wine, with high levels of acidity that offers more pleasure in the aromatics, with their tobacco, leaf, red berry, spice and earthy nuances, than on the palate. Time could soften things here, but I am not positive on that one. The wine was produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

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Better on the nose with its earthy, spicy, forest floor, tobacco and cherry personality than on the firm, medium bodied, tannic, fresh, red berry centered palate. Perhaps, time will help soften the wine. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The Petit Verdot was not ripe enough to add to the blend this year.

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Medium bodied with more of a focus on red than black fruits, this is on a rapid march to maturity. I’d probably drink this on the young side.

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2005 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 92

Not mature, but approachable, with a core of soft, sweet fruit and a polished, smooth finish. Air will help if you're going to drink it young. The wine was produced using a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot.

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Medium to full bodied, with elegant, silky textures, refined tannins and core of fresh, softly polished cassis and blackberries that carry through from start to finish. This is starting to wake up and promises to be even better with more time in the cellar. This is still quite young. Give it a few more years and it should be even better.

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Lush, silky, red and black fruits with earthy, truffle notes welcome you to a soft, elegant, sensuous expression of Margaux that is already starting to drink well and will only get better with age.

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Blackberry, cassis, truffle, woodsy aromas with hints of flowers prepare you for this medium/full boded, refined Margaux wine. With its plush, silky textures, ripe dark berries, structure and balance, this will only get better with another 5-10 years of bottle age.

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Cassis, earth, blackberry and spice aromatics are held together in this ripe, fresh, and round Margaux which ends in a tannic, cassis and blackberry filled finish. This wine needs time, at least another 5-7 years.

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2004 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 90

Fresh earth, cassis, wild berries and tobacco scents open to a soft, polished, ready to drink, elegant, classic Bordeaux wine. The wine was made from a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot.

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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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2002 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 90

Showing quite nicely today with the floral edge to the black cherry, tobacco, earth and spicy profile. Soft, almost silky, medium bodied and refined, the wine avoids the curse of under ripeness and cool weather flavors that mar many wines from the vintage. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

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2001 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 90

With a perfume filled with blackberries, earth, tobacco, smoke and cedar scents, this silky, medium bodied Margaux wine ends with an elegant, cassis filled finish. Another 2-3 years will more complexity to the wine. The wine was made using a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

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2000 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 92

Elegant, refined, medium bodied and silky, with a nose of flowers, cherries, truffle and leaf. This is a very pretty wine, that is just about fully developed. The wine should remain at this level for at least 15 years, or even longer.

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On the nose, the floral, tobacco, blackberry, cedar and cherry aromatics are in full force. The texture is soft and polished with a blast of freshness and sweet fruits in the finish. You can drink this now, or age it for more secondary development. But I really like how it is showing today. The wine was made using a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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Drinking great today, the wine is filled with sweet black and red fruits, tobacco, earth, spice, smoke, spice, plum and truffle, Supple textures, ripe fruit and soft tannins are found in the round finish.

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This expressive nose displays tobacco, smoke, forest floor, cassis and earthy notes. The wine has really fleshed out, ending with soft textured, fleshy, dark berries, cherry and spice.

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Still young in appearance, this wine is filled with floral, crème de cassis, spice, tobacco and truffle scents. Soft textures and good concentration of flavors are found in the supple, fresh, ripe, dark plum finish. Still young, this Bordeaux wine will only get better with age.

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Dark purple color. Blackberries, cassis, blueberries cranberries and oak on the nose. Hints of tobacco develop after an hour in the glass. This smooth palate offers ripe, chocolate covered blackberries in the finish.

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1999 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 89

Full mature, fresh, bright red fruits, with a tobacco, cedar, cassis and leafy characteristic. Medium bodied and classic in nature, this is drinking really nicely today.

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Fully mature, with a floral, tobacco and red cherry nose, the wine is medium bodied, soft and fresh, with a sweet and spicy, almost red berry finish. There is no reason the age this any longer. The wine was made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. This is the first vintage that showed all the improvements that young, Alexander van Beek had been working on, since he joined the estate in 1995.

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1998 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 88

Cassis, forest floor, tobacco, earth and blackberry aromas lead to a medium bodied wine that ends with a red and black fruit filled finish. The wine was made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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1995 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 88

Crème de cassis, tobacco, earth and cherry aromas, medium bodied with some tannin to resolve, this lighter style of Margaux ends with a cassis and strawberry finish. This is the first vintage for Alexander van Beek at the chateau. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is fully mature and will not improve with further aging.

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1990 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 88

Cedar chest, tobacco, forest floor, menthol, and cassis aromas show a wine that is fully mature. This medium bodied wine ends with a short kirsch finish. Drink up as this is already starting to gently decline.

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Earthy. forest floor, tobacco, cassis and green olive tapenade scents are easy to find. Medium bodied, with cassis and hints of green flavors, this is fully mature and should be drunk up.

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1989 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 86

Light crimson and tea in color, the wine offers earth, tobacco, cassis, barnyard and cherry flavors. With a short, red fruit finish, this is beginning to dry out. Consumers should drink this sooner than later.

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Tobacco, barnyard aromas, and stewed fruit make up the perfume. Austere on the palate and well past its prime. Drink up.

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1986 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 80

Severe bricking in color, with stewed prunes and wet earth sensations, this wine is in serious decline.

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1985 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 82

Smoke, cassis, cedar wood, damp earth and spice aromas open to a medium bodied wine that ends with a cranberry, cassis and green olive finish. The fruit is fading from this wine. It requires immediate consumption.

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1982 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 88

Ruby, tea in color, with an earthy, tobacco cherry blossom, cedar, cigar box nose. Fully mature, the medium bodied wine is soft, silky and showing the patina of age, finishing with spicy, sweet, red plum notes. Popped and poured, there is no reason to hold this any longer.

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1975 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 83

Tobacco, earth, cassis, forest floor and tea aromas lead to a medium bodied, lean wine that ends with a slightly tart, strawberry finish. Drink up.

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Tobacco, truffle and earthy, forest scents are the best of this wine. The austere, lean and unripe style is not pleasing to the palate. Drink up.

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1970 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 87

From magnum, light ruby with tea accents in the color, the wine offers earth, truffle, tobacco, stone and hints of cassis. Medium bodied and already in decline, this needs to be drunk up sooner than later.

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1961 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 92

A complex perfume filled with earth, forest floor, truffle, smoke, blackberry, cigar box, spice and ash. Full bodied and concentrated, but the black cherry flavor was marred by the tart cranberry sensation in the short, but soft, polished finish. I imagine this wine was even better about 10-15 years ago.

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1957 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 78

Coffee colored, with earthy, spice notes, this light wine finished with a sweet and sour berry note.

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1920 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 72

With a ruby and rust color that was dark for its advanced age, tobacco, ash, cigar box, truffle, forest floor, earth and hints of strawberry opened to a rustic, medium bodied, tart finish that in reality, was not bad considering the vintage. However, this bottle has been in cold storage in Bordeaux since the day it was bottled. At close to 100 years of age, from a weak vintage, it was a nice showing.

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1919 Château Giscours  (Margaux) 55

Light, bright and packed with more VA than the Veterans Administration. I found it impossible to drink. Others liked it, though I am not sure why. This is a birth year wine, if you don't want another birthday.

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