Margaux is famous for its aromatic Cabernet-dominated blends. Chateau Giscours is a brilliant example of this Left Bank appellation's potential. Their mermaid emblem is a hallmark of quality here.
This 2011 vintage is certainly worthy of their prestigious 3ème Cru Classé classification. At 10 years old, it's developed wonderfully and is ready to drink. Expect rich, powerful notes of black plum and blackcurrant, with a hint of cedar from the wine's time spent in oak. Match the intense aromatics with a smoky truffle risotto.
The advice for buying 'drinking claret' is to buy a great property in a lesser vintage, and was never truer than here.
Wine Spectator 91/100 - James Suckling92/100 - Decanter92/100