Neil Martin review: Tasted at the Château Giscours vertical, both Robert Parker and I have given similarly tepid remarks towards the 1961 Château Giscours, even though it had a reputation as one of the best Margaux wines of that fabled vintage. This bottle was the real deal - a simply magnificent wine that far surpassed every vintage until recent years. It has a deep color like the 1970 Giscours, however, the nose is far superior. It is beautifully defined with dark berry fruit, a light marine influence, a distant tang of seaweed and bay leaf. The palate is medium-bodied and of course fully matured. There is far more weight and presence than the 1970, with fine tannin and perfect acidity. Unlike the 1980s when half of the vineyard was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, this would have contained around 80%, which lends for a much better wine. The harmony and silkiness of texture are simply wonderful. This must have been a benchmark Giscours in its day. Important note: capsule on this bottle has been cut to authenticate the bottle. The bottle has been recorked and relabelled by the Chateau in 1990. Iron Gate can guarantee the provenance and the condition of the bottle, but with wines of that age, there is always a possibility of wine not being perfect. This is a very rare bottle and the purchase will not be refunded in the event of the wine spoilage due to age.