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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
Very fruit driven aromas greet the nose, very new worldish on the nose with scents of black fruit, black spiced, and green herb tones that are quite intense. On the palate this combines huge ripe fruits with a certain greenness to the tannins. The fruit is not enough to mask the slight bitter edge of the tannins but is rich and full of liquory cassis and blackberry notes. This is a touch weighty and chewy with a rustic edge coming from the tannins but it’s rather matte in the mouth and lacks some freshness. It turns savory on the backend and into the finish, which is marred by the bitterness of the tannins once again. A wine of contradictions 88pts
Had this a while back now so struggling to remember exact details but do recall the bold dark fruit quality yet savoury enough for this to be better suited to a meal rather than drinking on its own. Not bad but I have had better.
I have had much better. This is a lackluster wine. It should be priced under $10.
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.
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.
This is sleek along the edges and dense in the middle, with ample crushed cherry, red currant and melted red licorice notes. A bright floral edge chimes in on the long finish. An impressive second wine. A little more Merlot than usual (62 percent Cab... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Les Pagodes de Cos 1500ml
40% Cabernet Sauvignon 58% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc. Elegant nose with notes of red fruit and tobacco. Powerful on palate but not over-powering. 2010-2025. Winemaker notes
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.
Spicerack of a wine, rather exotic. Concentrated aromas of tar, spices and currants. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, ripe fruit aftertaste. Best after 2002.
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.