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With a massive 98 point score attached, Robert Parker writes; “The prodigious, fantastic 2003 Cos d’Estournel is a ca...Read more...
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 quit... Read more
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 bette... Read more
I have had much better. This is a lackluster wine. It should be priced under $10. Read more
Food Pairings for Château Cos d'Estournel Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe
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
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.
Black in color, with aromas of orange peel, new leather, currant, berry and Christmas pudding. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and a long, long finish of fruit and spices. The cashmere texture is all there. 2003 plus 2000 equals 2005. Best after 2015.
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.
Cos is the only St. Estephe that could ever be called sexy, and this vintage is. Herersquo;s an extreme case of seductive new oak running off with the aromatics, a smoked bacon quality accents the woodiness. In the mouth, fruit appears generous and plummy, with the ripeness of tannins giving the wine a gentle feel. Luscious and delicious, this monstrous Cos is easy to love. Cellar for ten to twelve years.
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.
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.
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.
With a massive 98 point score attached, Robert Parker writes; “The prodigious, fantastic 2003 Cos d’Estournel is a candidate for “wine of the vintage.” A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon (unusually high for this chateau), 30% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, 17,500 cases were produced from low yields. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a compelling perfume of black fruits, subtle smoke, pain grille, incense, and flowers. With extraordinary richness, full body, and remarkable freshness, elegance, and persistence, this is one of the finest wines ever made by this estate. The good news is that it will be drinkable at a young age yet evolve for three decades or more. Kudos to winemaker Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier.”
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