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The nose is still marked by oak with a dark, spicy, white pepper dusted veil over the candied blackberry fruits. With time this reveals deep inky n... Read more
A wine of extraordinary intensity and accessibility, the 1995 Cos drsquo;Estournel is a sexier, more hedonistic offering than the muscular, backwar... Read more
Red-ruby color, not quite as saturated as the rsquo;96. More roasted and less minerally than the rsquo;96: notes of black fruit, game, and toasty o... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Château Cos d'Estournel Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe
The nose is still marked by oak with a dark, spicy, white pepper dusted veil over the candied blackberry fruits. With time this reveals deep inky notes with hints of leather and tea. This reminds me of the 1990. In the mouth this has tons of ripe tannins and bright acids in balance and offering a combination of power and finesse. The fruit on the mid-palate is dark and rich but gives the impression of lightness ending with a red currant rush on the tobacco, clay and green peppercorn scented finish. Really polished tannins here are plentiful but barely noticeable in many ways. 92pts
External Reviews for Château Cos d'Estournel Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe
A wine of extraordinary intensity and accessibility, the 1995 Cos drsquo;Estournel is a sexier, more hedonistic offering than the muscular, backward 1996. Opulent, with forward aromatics (gobs of black fruits intermixed with toasty pain grilleacute; scents and a boatload of spice), this terrific Cos possesses remarkable intensity, full body, and layers of jammy fruit nicely framed by the winersquo;s new oak. Because of low acidity and sweet tannin, the 1995 will be difficult to resist young, although it will age for 2ndash;3 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2001ndash;2025.
Red-ruby color, not quite as saturated as the rsquo;96. More roasted and less minerally than the rsquo;96: notes of black fruit, game, and toasty oak. Tightly wrapped and rather taut today, but offers terrific concentration and length. Today the winersquo;s tannins are very visible, and perhaps not quite as sweet as those of the rsquo;96, and firm acids are not yet in complete harmony with the wine. But this will be superb with six to eight years of bottle aging.
Cos drsquo;Estournelrsquo;s unfiltered 1994 is one of the top wines of the vintage. It boasts an opaque blue/black/purple color, as well as a fabulously sweet nose of black fruits, licorice, pain grilleacute;, and Asian spices. Full-bodied, with sweet, opulent fruit that reveals none of the vintagersquo;s tough tannin, this remarkably rich, well-balanced, classic wine will prove to be uncommonly long lived. Anticipated maturity: 2003ndash;2025.
Few men have translated their intellectual brilliance into brilliant wine as directly as Bruno Prats, proprietor of the magnificent Cos drsquo;Estournel. The chacirc;teau itself is a 19th century architectural homage to the exotic Far East. The vineyard, just north across the marsh from Lafite, stretches to the Gironde on a deep, gravel promontory. Under Pratsrsquo; stewardship, it has become one of the most reliable sources of first-quality wine in the Meacute;doc. And the lustrous rsquo;94 is a prime example. The color is a deep and luminous ruby. The complex terroir unfolds deep Cabernet flavors under a sheen of flashier Merlot and new oak. As such, it provides both intellectual and sensual pleasures, it the two can be considered separately. Itrsquo;s a classic Cos, and among the best of the rsquo;94s.
Chacirc;teau Cos drsquo;Estournel, consistently producing fine, robust yet fruity, full bodied wines, has yet again fashioned a remarkable vintage. Its impeccable fusion of Cab and Merlot tastes powerful and potent. The tantalizing black currant sweetness and cedar aroma can only be matched by its full, rich finish.
Its deep ruby color is followed by a spicy vanillin, curranty nose, medium body, excellent depthhellip; The 1989 possesses some hard tannin is the finish, but it is well-integrated with the winersquo;s ripe fruit. Look for this wine to drink well for the next 15+ years.
The 1990 is a spectacular wine, and, along with the 1986, 1982 and 1953, one of the four finest Cos drsquo;Estournels made in the post-World War II era. Bruno Prats believes it is the finest wine he has ever made. In the most recent tasting, the 1990 was even better than in the past, charming me as well as other tasters with its flashy display of opulent Merlot mixed with ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. It was one of the more forward 1990s in the tasting, which no doubt accounted for the precocious showing. This super-concentrated wine possesses a roasted herb, sweet, jammy, black fruit-scented nose, with noteworthy opulence and succulence. Pure and full-bodied, this concentrated wine conceals more tannin than it is presently revealing. The wine is open, flattering, and impossible to resist. It will continue to mature for 15ndash;20 years.
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