Blended of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Giscours is scented of crushed black currants, blackberry tart and black raspberries with touches of Indian spices, Sichuan pepper and violets plus a waft of chocolate box. Medium-bodied with wonderful freshness defining the palate and elevating the red and black fruits, it finishes with a nice ripe, grainy texture paving the way.
In 2017, the lower parts of Giscours were hit by frost. Consequently, yields are down by about 40%. Harvest was a relatively long one here - starting on September 14 (Merlot) and finishing on October 5 (last of the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon). The final blend was made in early March.
Colaris WijnenScore: 8 1/2
The 2017 Giscours has an open and expressive bouquet with crushed strawberry and raspberry fruit, melted tar, tobacco and light floral tones. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins and well judged acidity. This is a classically styled Giscours, off-dry, a little reserved at first with a moderate spiciness coming through on the finish. It feels pinched at the moment (februari 2020) and requires four to six years in bottle.
This wine is rich with tannins and ripe black fruits. A core of lusciousness gives the wine weight and density.
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.