Château Giscours: Vineyards

It is difficult to comprehend the size of this estate today, unless you set out to explore it, as I did when I visited the estate in 2018 and spent an afternoon with technical director Didier Fôret. He chauffeured me along woodland tracks with sandy and gravelly soils; the tree-lined avenue seemed to go on forever, but eventually we came out into sunlight again. Here I was greeted by the sight of not just vineyards, but the ornamental lake built by Nicolas Tari. We continued past it, and we had travelled some distance when, as we sat surrounded by a sea of vines, Didier announced we had reached the periphery of the vineyard. There are in total 300 hectares of land here, 90 of which are planted to the vine, which makes Château Giscours one of the largest (if not the largest?) of all the Médoc cru classé estates, in terms of its vineyard at least.

Château Giscours

The vineyards at Château Giscours are spread over four gravel outcrops in Margaux, with a poor quality, slightly sandy, pebbly soil, over typical Médoc gravel. Some of the best parcels of vines sit in front of the château, to the east, running across to the D2

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