BordeauxNicks Wine Merchants continue to ship wines from Europe and in particular France, as we have done for many decades. Bordeaux is a strong point. We have built a reputation for the most comprehensive and best priced En Primeur offers in Australia. Our primary objective is to source value for money wines from the best vintages, especially from producers who've set a precedent for quality in the past. We endeavour to deal directly whenever possible, cutting out the wholesalers, meaning our imports frequently offer excellent value for money. If you're new to Bordeaux, check out our Guide to Bordeaux to learn more about the region and some of the more notable producers.
- Cellar 8 - 10 years (2027-2029)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
All poise and polish, this rich yet structured Margaux will prove to be very age worthy.
Margaux was one of the highlights of the 2015 vintage, the Chateau Giscours punching well above its weight. Impenetrable inky black core with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Refined aromatics of blackcurrant and mulberry with violet overtones flow through the nostrils. Cedary tobacco characters, subtle earth, black olive and spice notes ensue. Beautifully defined in its structure the palate is decorated with rich blackcurrant and mulberry fruit that has notable elegance and finesse. Adding complexity are cedary tobacco characters, subtle scorched earth, black olives and spice. Very polished yet sturdy tannins work in perfect harmony with the fruit. Excellent depth with a long elegant aftertaste.
Cellar 8-10 years.
Plenty of violets and dark berries on offer here. This has a striking sense of purity as well as an energetic, regal palate. The structure is impressively groomed with effortless depth and length. A standout wine. Try from 2022.
This firm wine shows the tannic side of the vintage. Those tannins are dusty, enriched with black-currant fruits and a dense backdrop. The wine is concentrated and elegant, very ageworthy and not likely to be ready before 2025.
The 2015 Giscours showed magnificently when I tasted it from barrel and I made allusions to the legendary 1961, which I have been fortunate to taste two or three times. I have no reason to change this view. It has a very refined bouquet that is almost understated at first, but then blossoms in the glass with copious blackberry, raspberry, flint and graphite aromas. The palate is very well balanced with great depth and real vibrancy. There is a slight chalkiness to the texture, extraordinarily fresh with superb mineral tension on the long finish. This is a great Giscours that will age beautifully over many years. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2060.
Neal Martin – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Giscours is every bit as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel. Deep, powerful and virile in style, the 2015 has a lot to say. There is a purity to the aromas and flavors in the 2015 that I don't recall seeing in the past. Ripe and ample, with terrific freshness and nuance, the 2015 is compelling in every way. In 2015, the blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, with no Cabernet Franc. Drink 2022-2040.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2019-2025)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
Rich, earthy and elegant this is a great value Margaux.
This is the third wine of Chateau Brane-Cantenac. Totally opaque black dark red colour with a dark red black tinged hue. Overlaying the blackcurrant and subtle liquorice notes are pencil led, traces of cigar box, dusty earth, tobacco and spice aromatics. Elegant and refined the palate is blessed with beautifully textured rich blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, nuances of earthy cigar box, tobacco and spicy dried herbs also chime in to add further complexity. Very polished, perfectly integrated tannins. Medium to long conclusion of blackcurrant and mulberry infused with earth, cedary tobacco characters and spicy dried herbs.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Owned by Henri Lurton, one of several Lurtons to own property in Margaux, this estate is performing in high gear. Its second wine is rich and concentrated with solid tannins as well as generous blackberry fruits. It will be impressive as it ages. Drink from 2020.