TN: 2019 Château Giscours (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

2019 Château Giscours - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (2/1/2024)
– decanted 15 min. before first taste –
– tasted non-blind over approx. 3 hours –

NOSE: sweet oak; high-toned; fresh dandelions and potting soil; approachable, but too young (would like to see some of the oak get more integrated).

BODY: medium bodied.

TASTE: bitter, with noticeable oak, but simultaneously approachable; oak calmed down, but did not disappear, over the first 1.75 hrs.; alc. does come through at moments. Prettier than the '20 Latour Martillac the following evening. Fine to drink now if you’re o.k. with young Bdx., but I won’t be touching either of my remaining two for at least 5 years.

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Other than some lovely, older ones at Burns, I cannot say that this château has ever wowed me. It does look like more recent vintages are getting a lot of praise. Did not like seeing all of the oak references. In your note, however.

I’ve never been smitten by it, either, but I probably got this at a pretty good price at Costco and figured, why not give it a try?