The Siren Call of Bordeaux

Posted on Jan, 30. 2014 by

Categories: Wine

1010.1385126944This wine is what I like to refer to as:  fantastic.  You can skip the rest and just order, or stay tuned for color commentary …

I opened and decanted this bottle just prior to putting a rack of lamb in the oven.  I tasted the wine and got the impression of a restrained, elegant gentleman from Margaux, with tremendous family history — taller than me, and better dressed – at a cocktail party.  He’s quietly in command, accepting the onslaught of the crowd within the structure of his worldview and frankly overly-bushy eyebrows.  I cannot break through the small talk and superficial discussions – and yet sense that there is a tremendous depth I simply cannot plumb.  I will return.

My daughter is pounding out “Good King Wenceslas” for the 4th time as I stoke up the fire and finish my cocktail.  One day, she’ll no doubt be able to play the piano with more than just her index fingers.

Quite a while later, I pull out the lamb to let it rest.  I pour a little more of the wine, taste, and realize the gentleman has had a few drinks himself.  He is still reserved, regal really, but is far more open and accessible.  Far more amiable if you will, and after less than an hour of air.

Giscours dates to the 1300s, with the 1855 classification in Bordeaux granting it 3rd Growth status.  Like the Grand Vin, this is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, the balance being mainly Merlot.  The nose is restrained, but full of cassis fruit, with a little dark garden soil. Attractive density on the palate, with cassis, blackberry and Black-strap molasses playing the major roles.  The wood is seamlessly integrated, almost invisible actually, but makes an appearance in the slightly compressed mid-palate.  The wine finishes with good length and youthful tannins and acids – this requires a decanter and elegantly prepared red meat to shine fully, but in that setting, it is truly fantastic.  Highest recommendation at the price point and well-above frankly, for consumption now and over the next 5 years.

La Sirene de Giscours 2010 (Margeaux)
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $28.33 • Premier Cru: $29.61[/private_member]
Retail Price: $40.00

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