96pts Wine Enthusiast
This wine is rich with tannins and ripe black fruits. A core of lusciousness gives the wine weight and density. It will be a fine wine to drink from 2024.
94pts James Suckling
Subtle aromas of ripe fruit with plums and hints of clove and stone. Complex. Medium to full body with a fine line of tannins running through the mid-palate. Fresh and creamy texture. A blend of 71% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot and 5% petit verdot. Drink after 2021.
Soft and a touch earth on the attack but pulls itself together to show firmly in-control tannins. There is a natural austerity offset by a clear punch of redcurrant, raspberry and autumnal fruits. Good freshness, softened by smoked cedar on the finish. Reminds me of an early stage 2011, and this wine in 2017 seems set to age just as gracefully in the end.
91pts Wine Spectator
A savory edge leads the way here, featuring a mix of red and black cherry fruit infused with black tea and juniper notes. The silky finish lets everything linger easily in unison. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030.
91pts Jeb Dunnuck
An up and coming Margaux estate, the 2017 Château Giscours offers a complex bouquet of sandalwood, damp flowers, sous bois, and spicy red fruits. It’s slightly stretched and firm on the palate, with medium-bodied richness. I’d like to see more fat and texture here, but I suspect it will put on more weight with time in barrel and bottle. It should drink nicely for a decade. Barrel Sample: 89-91
91pts Tim Atkin
Very black fruit aromas with lots of spices – clove and cinnamon. Oak, and fruit to scent. Juicy black fruit flavours, with a slight pyrazine streak underneath. Great extract, and spicy tannins, with good balancing acidity and freshness. Black fruit finish. Pretty structured and dark for a Margaux. Barrel Sample: 89-91
90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Giscours offers pretty plum preserves, warm cassis and wilted roses scents with fragrant earth and cinnamon stick hints. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and plush with lovely expressiveness and a bit of spice on the finish.
Château Giscours 2017 is a precise wine, full of finesse and that reflects the savoir-faire of our team. The frost episode of 2017 will remain in the memories of each winemaker. However, the frost only hit the lower altitude terroirs, while all the great terroirs have been untouched. Those ones benefited from a great growing season: a perfect blooming followed by a sunny summer with moderate water restrictions that gave a nice concentration to the grapes. The harvest season, fresh and mild, created the perfect conditions for an accomplished ripening of tannins and a nice plenitude of the aromas. On the cellar, the heterogeneity created by the frost pushed us to be as rigorous as possible in our selections, to reach the highest quality without any compromise. 2017 vintage is a beautiful wine, the perfect illustration of the meticulous work of our technical team all along this challenging year.
Blend: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot