Well I'm glad I have another one of these bottles, didn't know that until I opened CellerTracker to record this tasting note. Bought this in 2009 for $39 at the NH State Liquor store and now consider this a bargain. The time in the bottle served it well. It has been a while since I had a decent claret so this bottle was a treat. Opened it at 4pm and decanted and stole a bit for a taste and it was very tannic. Started serious drinking of this as dinner was being prepared a couple hours later and wow the decant did the trick. What impressed me the most about this wine was the nose as it showed that classic parfum de Margaux. I wish I could bottle the scent to capture that essence of fine Bordeaux. This wine is in a nice drinking window and it feels like it can go 5-10 years at this stage and it matches well with a grilled steak. Cheers!
Once again really pretty out of 375 a hair more expressive than the last bottle. Great Blackberry, Cherry, Floral and Smoke notes at this stage. Elegant and silky palate feel with reserves of glycerin right now. Finishes with tart blackberry, floral and anise notes. Drink or hold.
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.
Combined Wine Night (Pine Close): Tasted blind. Drank over 2.5 hours. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of vanilla oak, cedar, ripe dark red fruit, black cherries, some savoury earth emerging. Developing. On the palate, dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), smooth medium tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of leather, savoury earth, black cherry, ripe dark red cherries, dark red plums, vanilla, cedar, slight bell pepper with more air. Long finish. Very good quality. With the ripe fruit character here, I was guessing this was a SuperTuscan Cabernet dominant blend. Just entering the nice drinking window now, this will continue to evolve over the next 4-5 years. Doesn't really show the elegance of the Margaux appellation though. Typically a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Aged in small oak barrels (30-40% new) for 18 months.
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(Chateau Giscours (Margaux)) There is rather a rubbery edge of reduction here, although a second bottle was much better. This had a light and crystalline cherry fruit on the nose, with dark and smoky nuances without adding any great suggestion of depth or impact. A light and lean start as might be expected, but certainly more appealing substance in the middle, with a nice gentle but tangible extract in the middle. Supple and soft, with a gritty rose-petal perfume at the end, this has some promise in terms of its reserved substance and nice perfume. A nice but lighter style.
(Chateau Giscours Margaux) Dense liquorice-spiced fruit on the nose here which has real appeal, with a dense and exotic character. Appealing, fresh, tobacco-tinged fruit on the palate, with a lot of substance and good grip. Ripe tannin, fresh acidity, lots of vigour too. A good firm finish. I like this.
(Chateau Giscours Margaux) Nicely perfumed nose, attractive, with a good presence of fruit too. Rounded but well defined, quite fresh, nicely textured and with a good weight. Beneath it all, a firm structure and good acidity. This is a very good effort, in the context of the vintage, for Giscours, an increasingly successful Margaux estate.
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