1996 Chateau Giscours

1996 Chateau Giscours

1996 Chateau Giscours

Margaux, Bordeaux, France, 750ml
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Tasted at the Château Giscours vertical, the 1996 Château Giscours is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot picked between September 9 and 23. It has never been a really great vintage for this Margaux address, despite the benevolent growing season for the Left Bank. The nose is nicely defined with light red berry fruit, but there is a distracting medicinal scent that puts me off and detracts from terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, a little dusty and dour with a thin and rather lackluster finish. It just seems ordinary. Tasted June 2015.

  • Alcohol %: 13-14.5%
  • Decant Time: 60 minutes
  • Taste: redcurrant, cedary oak, smooth tannins, lively acidity
  • Food Matching: roast lamb, grilled steak, mushroom risotto, aged cheeses
  • Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot , Cabernet Franc , Petit Verdot ,


Tasting note


The 1996 Chateau Giscours is a testament to the prestigious Margaux terroir, offering a classic profile with a medium ruby-red hue and a bouquet of high-toned red fruits, underscored by a cedary oak presence. On the palate, redcurrant notes are complemented by a milky texture, while lively acidity and smooth tannins create a harmonious balance. This wine, with its mid to light body, is best enjoyed after decanting for an hour, allowing the subtle complexities to unfold. The finish, though not overly ripe, is pleasant and indicative of the wine's graceful aging potential. Pair this savory delight with dishes like roast lamb or grilled steak to enhance your dining experience.

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