Chateau Giscours, one of the great estates of Margaux, has expanded their portfolio beyond the famous grand vin, which earned a 3rd growth ranking in the Medoc's 1855 classification, to include wines meant for young drinking at a more affordable price point. For years they have offered a second wine, La Sirene des Giscours, a selection of young vines from their principle estate that are kept separate from the grand vin, which is also quite delicious. In 2008, Chateau Giscours added a new project, Petite Sirene (Little Mermaid), a reference to the Mermaid on Giscours' coat of arms, which is sourced from outside the estate but farmed in a similar manner and produced by the same winemaking team using the same techniques and equipment as the much, much more expensive grand vin. In a good vintage, Petite Sirene punches well above its weight and is for fans of Cru Classé Bordeaux looking for a killer every day drink or for neophytes who want to dip a toe in the region without spending an arm and a leg.
This 2015 Petite Sirene Bordeaux rouge is a tremendous value - a testament to the fantastic 2015 vintage and the high-quality winemaking at Chateau Giscours. Grown in a classic Bordeaux terroir of clay, gravel and limestone soils at an estate in the Cotes de Bordeaux, this blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon is made almost exactly like the grand vin at Giscours with a little less new oak usage. Aged for 12 months in 20% new French oak barrels, the Petite Sirene rouge is one of the most aromatically complex and delicious value Bordeaux we've enjoyed in a long time, showing classic aromas of tobacco, cedar, red currant and maraschino cherry. The palate is fresh and easy drinking with bright acidity thanks to the heavy dose of Cabernet and fine tannins that make it feel serious but fun to drink. Versatile at the table, drink it alongside classic French cuisine, of course, but it makes a great accompaniment to any roast, chops or steaks, or even simpler mid-week meals like meatloaf, cheeseburgers, and grilled or roasted vegetables.