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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
Chacirc;teau Cos drsquo;Estournel, consistently producing fine, robust yet fruity, full bodied wines, has yet again fashioned a remarkable vintage.... Read more
Few men have translated their intellectual brilliance into brilliant wine as directly as Bruno Prats, proprietor of the magnificent Cos drsquo;Esto... 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An opulent blend of fleshy black cherry fruit and flashy new oak. There is the charred barrel aroma of new oak that has become typical of Cos in recent vintages, creating a deep smokiness that lingers in the finish. Heady ripe fruit rounds out the center. Perhaps a better wine than the rsquo;89 Cos due to its apparent fruit concentration and a firmer balance between that fruit and the wood.
This wine has put on significant weight and fat, in addition to developing a degree of opulence that I would not have thought possible. It reveals an opaque purple color, a seamless, sweet, rich, full-bodied, stunningly seductive, profound flavor profile, and a finish that lasts for 30+ seconds. The inner-core of richness, outstanding purity, and gorgeously-layered palate are impressive. Moreover, the winersquo;s acidity, alcohol, and tannin are remarkably well-integrated. This should result in one of the vintagersquo;s finest wines.
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