Chateau Giscours took its’ position as a third growth of Bordeaux in the 1855 classification. As well as offering its’ first wine, the estate also offers a second wine ‘La Sirene de Giscours’ and produces up to 300 000 bottles each year of both. The estate comprises of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 15-18 months, where the wine gains its complexity- mixing the aromas and spices with the tannins in the wood.
The estate lies on the hilltops of Margaux, just north of Bordeaux, covering 83 hectares in total. The Garonne gravel deposited at the beginning of the quaternary provides excellent soil conditions. It reflects the sun and maintains a stable temperature during the night, aiding the ripening process.
The estate originally dates back to the fourteenth century, starting life as a defensive tower. It was a wealthy Bordelaise who built up the estate and planted the first vines. His successors each developed the Chateau and its’ grounds but it was in the 1800s when it was really transformed into a palatial residence and the entire production process for the wine was modernised. In 1995 it was bought by its’ present owner Eric Albada Jelgersma who in the last decade has seen the fruitful rewards of his considerable investment and hard work to return the Chateau to its’ former glory.
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