The 2009 and 2010 vintages of Bordeaux are being hailed as absolutely stellar, so I try to scoop up as many as possible, cellaring some for another couple of years, or happily giving a pour to the more “everyday” bottles now. The Château Giscours Petite Sirene Bordeaux 2009 label caught my eye as it is such a contrast from the usual Bordeaux labels with their elegant portrayals of chateaus. I thought the shiny, red mermaid holding a grape vine caduceus standing in a crown with a dolphin could signify this would be a fun, tasty Bordeaux. Château Giscours is located in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux region and has a long history of grape growing that can be documented back to the 16th century. Today the nearly 400 hectare estate consists of about 80 hectares of vineyards. Petite Sirene is the second label of the estate, with about 10,000 cases produced.
Dark ruby red in colour, after decanting aromas of cherry, black currant and buttered toast rose from the glass. Baked black cherry and plum flavours wrapped around traces of toasted bread crust in the medium body, whilst spicy black pepper and licorice comprised the moderate finish. Velvety and easy drinking, this is a pleasant, everyday Bordeaux great at the table or on its own.
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Enjoy now thru 2014