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Chateau Giscours

Location: Chateau Giscours is located in the commune of Labarde-Margaux. This is in the Bordeaux region of Southwest France.

Classification: Third Growth

Vineyards: More than 80 hectares of vines on a total area of 300 hectares. The topography of the vineyards is a series of 4 gravel rises that supply good drainage for the vines. Below the gravel is a subsoil layer of coarse sand. The vineyards are planted to 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot and a 17% mix of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The vine density varies between 8,300 and 10,000 vines per hectare.

Production and Vinification: Produces 25,000 cases per year .

History: Chateau Giscours dates back to the early 14th century. Records of a sale of the property in 1552 tell us that the estate was already recognized for it's winegrowing. The estate was taken from the Saint-Simon family by the revolutionary council in 1789. Among the series of families who owned Chateau Giscours after the revolution was the Count de Pescatore. The Count was a wealthy Parisian banker who rebuilt the château in 1847 in preparation for a visit by Empress Eugénie. When the Classification of the Medoc in 1855 took place, Chateau Giscours was recognized for its quality by being designated as a 3rd Growth. There was another series of owners of the chateau who each contributed to its general decline. This lasted until after the end of World War II when Chateau Giscours was sold to Nicolas Tari. He began a serious renovation of the estate and also created a man-made lake. During this period, the chateau was completely renovated and the vineyards were replanted with a more beneficial mix of varieties. After Tan experienced financial problems, Eric Albada Jelgersma became a majority shareholder in the S.A.E du Château GISCOURS. The new ownership was interested in improving the wine that came from the estate. Further investments were made in the chateau, the vineyards and the winemaking processes. Eric Albada Jelgersma now owns virtually all the holdings of the S.A.E du Château GISCOURS.

Style: Ch. Giscours is characterized by a very deep color, very intense and concentrated flavors, and a rich construction that is high in tannin.

Labarde - 33460 Margaux

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