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Born in 1762 during the reign of Louis XV and died in 1853 under Napoleon III, at the remarkable age of 91, Louis Gaspard d'Estournel had one sole passion: Cos. Having inherited a few vines near the village of Cos, he recognized, in 1811, the quality of their wine and decided to vinify them separately.
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
Jean-Guillaume Prats allowed the vintage to steer Cos toward unprecedented power in 2005; the wine comes in at 13.95 percent alcohol, and itrsquo;s grand in every sense. It smells like first-growth juice, with the kind of oak integration that accentuates the winersquo;s beauty rather than masks it. You can feel the tart black cherry fruit and the black tannin along with a burn in the end that is distinct to this vintage. With several days of air, the tumble and rush of the structure settles and the fruit becomes all-powerful, a taut density of sweet purple plum. Therersquo;s little doubt this will be an astonishing wine at 12 to 15 years of age; its ripeness leads into uncharted territory after that, which makes Cos one of the more interesting wines of the vintage to watch.
2001 was the first harvest that Jean-Guillaume Prats felt all the changes he had made since assuming management of the estate in 1998 were in place. The healthy grapes and small, thick-skinned berries allowed Prats to perform cold maceration for a few vats of Merlot. The 2001 is a blend of 55 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 45 percent Merlot; he calls it a ldquo;classicrdquo; year, like 1988 but with more intensity.
While I am not convinced the 2005 Cos drsquo;Estournel will eclipse the compelling 2003 Cos, it is unquestionably another superb classic from proprietor Michel Reybier and his brilliant winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats. Made from an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) and the balance mostly Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, this superb effort requires plenty of time in the bottle. It boasts an inky/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of licorice, Asian spices, creme de cassis, blackberries, and toasty oak. This full-bodied St.-Estephe is exceptionally powerful, pure, and dense with a layered mid-palate that builds like a skyscraper. While there are massive tannins, they are remarkably velvety and well-integrated in this big, backstrapping effort that should enjoy an unusually long life. Forget it for 8ndash;10 years, and drink it between 2017ndash;2040.
Jean-Guillaume Pratsrsquo; relationship with Cos drsquo;Estournel goes back to the 1990s, when his father, Bruno, owned the 220-acre estate in northern Meacute;doc. After ownership passed to entrepreneur Michel Reybier in 2000, the younger Prats stayed on as president, entrusted with the task of overhauling the estate and improving the quality of the wine. In 2005, he made an extraordinary wine, a blend of 78 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 percent Merlot and 3 percent Cabernet Franc.
This wine grows on you. It is massive, dry and austere, with a slight, stalky green bean accent to the currant and cherry flavors. The finish is quite tannic and chewy, yet an impressive amount of fruit pours through. The lasting impression is of enormous depth and complexity, but it will take time for the tannins to tone down. Hands off until 2004.
Wonderful spice and currant aromas to this young wine. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated, refined tannins. Long caressing finish. This is very, very silky. Just like from barrel. Cos is on top of it now. Best after 2008.
Saint-Estegrave;phe has a reputation for tannins, and this 2005 Cos lives up to that. But it does much more, because the tannins add richness along with intensely ripe black fruits, dark plums and figs. The dense tannins are finely balanced with fresh acidity, and a long-lasting aftertaste. Impressive.
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