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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
A bit of woody sweetness greets the nose with woodspice notes well integrated into the core of fresh black currants, dried chilies, and a hint of crushed flowers. The aromas here are amazingly well defined. Explosive freshness greets the palate with those silky tannins giving this good breadth but the height in the mouth is profound. It still has a hint of buttered herbs but the core of bitter cherry and black currant fruit powers thought e mid-palate leaving the backend saturated in slightly minty crème de cassis tones with hints of juniper and spice on the long finish. The integration here already is quite remarkable and the tension the wine retains is profound. A great bottle of Bordeaux in the making. 96pts
this was a massive, luxurious red i had last year that seemed to take forever to open up and finished just as long. black currants, cassis, spices, depth and balance throughout. wonderful...
External Reviews for Château Cos d'Estournel Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe
Château Cos d'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.
A consistent performer from Bordeaux, Cos proves its mettle with outstanding quality for the vintage.
A designer wine that wears its oak like an Armani suit. Shows an impressive concentration of spice, berry and vanilla aromas and flavors and an excellent tannin structure. Try after 1997.
The 1990 is a spectacular wine, and, along with the 1986, 1982 and 1953, one of the four finest Cos d'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 15-20 years.
Its deep ruby color is followed by a spicy vanillin, curranty nose, medium body, excellent depth... The 1989 possesses some hard tannin is the finish, but it is well-integrated with the wine's ripe fruit. Look for this wine to drink well for the next 15+ years.
A wine of extraordinary intensity and accessibility, the 1995 Cos d'Estournel is a sexier, more hedonistic offering than the muscular, backward 1996. Opulent, with forward aromatics (gobs of black fruits intermixed with toasty pain grillé scents and a boatload of spice), this terrific Cos possesses remarkable intensity, full body, and layers of jammy fruit nicely framed by the wine's new oak. Because of low acidity and sweet tannin, the 1995 will be difficult to resist young, although it will age for 2-3 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2025.
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 wine's acidity, alcohol, and tannin are remarkably well-integrated. This should result in one of the vintage's finest wines.
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A very delicate bouquet with aromas of red and black fruits on a woody background. Elegant in the mouth with smooth, thick tannins. Very supple and on retro-olfaction, a very pure fruitiness. A well-balanced wine with tremendous potential for long keeping.