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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
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.
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.
A huge, seamless wine of fabulous elegance. Deep, dark-ruby color. intense aromas of blackberries, spices, mushrooms and bark. Full-bodied and extremely silky, with a long, long finish. Seductive as hell. Best after 2002.
A consistent performer from Bordeaux, Cos proves its mettle with outstanding quality for the vintage.
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.
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.