Margaux Protected Designation of Origin, and Third Great Classed Growth
Chateau Giscours (near Bordeaux, on the left bank of the river) is a Third Grand Cru Classe in the Margaux designation (Classification of 1855). The Tari family owns it, but it's Eric Albada-Jelgersma (a Dutch businessman) who cultivates the vineyard as a tenant farmer. Chateau Giscours's 94 hectares of vines are grown according to the sustainable winegrowing principles. The terroir of the 25-year-old vineyard is mostly made up of deep gravel soils, on which grow the 4 main grape varieties of the Bordeaux region in various proportions: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.
Chateau Giscours produces 2 red wine cuvees: a first one, the Great Giscours Wine, and a second wine, "La Sirene de Giscours", which is mostly made from Domaine Giscours's youngest vines. They're both in Margaux Protected Designation of Origin. At the same time, Chateau Giscours produces 2 Haut Medoc red wines. The first one, "Le Haut Medoc de Giscours", is made from vines growing on Haut Medoc Protected Designation of Origin plots (45 Ha). The second one is called "Chateau Duthil". These 2 red wines are made of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Merlot (50%). Finally, Chateau Giscours produces a fifth cuvee called "Le rose de Giscours". 12,000 bottles of this rose wine are produced in the Bordeaux rose designation. The Great Giscours Wine has a great ageing potential (10 to 20 years in the cellar to reach its best). The second wine can be enjoyed sooner and won’t be stored for more than 10 years. Among Chateau Giscours's best vintages are some of the greatest years for Bordeaux wines: 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1978, 1975. The price of a Chateau Giscours bottle is within the Medoc Third Classed Growth wines range but remains reasonable given the quality of the estate's wines. And that's why Giscours is a great choice for Margaux lovers.
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