Eric Albada Jelgersma, a Dutch entrepreneur who has controlled Chateau Giscours in Margaux since 1995, has died, according to an e-mailed statement from the estate director-general Alexander Van Beek.
Jelgersma also owned neighboring Chateau du Tertre, a property he acquired in 1997, as well as Italian vineyard Caiarossa, a Tuscan estate purchased in 2004. He was born in 1939 and is survived by three children, Dennis, Derk and Valerie, according to the statement. As a businessman he developed a major distribution company in the Netherlands, and has focused for the past 20 years on his real estate holdings and international interests.
Giscours is ranked as a third growth under the 1855 Medoc classification, with a vineyard history stretching back to 1552, when a wealthy Bordeaux cloth merchant Pierre de Lhomme first planted vines around a manor house, known at that time as Guyscoutz.
It was developed extensively by the Promis, Pescatore and Cruse families in the nineteenth century, with the construction of a neoclassical chateau and extensive winery buildings, according to information provided by the estate to the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.
The estate at Labarde covers 90 hectares (225 acres) on Garonne gravel, and produces around 280,000 bottles a year. The vineyard is planted with roughly 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 percent Merlot, 5 percent Cabernet Franc and 3 percent Petit Verdot. The wine typically spends 15 to 17 months in 50 percent new oak barrels, and the second wine is called La Sirene de Giscours.
Chateau de Tertre, classified as a Margaux fifth growth, covers 52 hectares in neighboring Arsac on sandy gravel, and produces 150,000 bottles a year. It is comprised of 43 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 33 percent Merlot, 19 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Petit Verdot, with a second wine known as Les Hauts du Tertre.