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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
The Cos to own is rsquo;96. It represents the pinnacle of Bruno Pratrsquo;s thirty-year tenure, a wine he believes to be better than the brilliant rsquo;90, and this tasting seems to corroborate his claims. As usual, Cos is the glamour wine of St.-Estegrave;phe, perfectly tailored, perfectly shaped. Its baby fat hides a kernel of power, an expressive, explosive intensity so harmonious that it is nearly invisible at this young stage. Taste beyond the new oak (of which Prats used less than in the past), beyond the sublime fruit: Therersquo;s a symphony of flavor delivered in one chord, not fruit, not mineral an certainly not oak. Few people anywhere in the world have tuned their vineyards an cellars to such a state of perfection.
This wine puts on weight and grows in stature every time I go back to it. In fact, from the bottle it was better than ever. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2000 Cos drsquo;Estournel suffers only in comparison with its successor, the 2001. Deep bluish purple in color with a reticent but emerging bouquet of cedar, licorice, blueberry, cassis, vanilla, and lead pencil shavings, this medium-bodied, slightly sinewy Cos drsquo;Estournel has relatively high tannin, an excellent mid-palate, and a persistent finish. Purity and classicism are hallmarks of this top-flight wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010ndash;2022.
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.
69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. 50% new barrels. 14.5% alcohol. Represents 44% of total production at the chateau. Shows a ripe, flashy nose with intense dark berry aromas and exotic spices. Lush and rich on the palate, gene... John Perry. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Les Pagodes de Cos 1500ml
Cos drsquo;Estournel makes stylish wines, and the 1995 is showing extremely well. Less hefty than wither Montrose or Calon-Seacute;gur, it possesses intense chocolate and black-currant flavors, a round lid palate, and a fine, lingering finish. With its relatively high proportion of Merlot, Cos seems fairly approachable but will need time to mature fully.
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.
Loads of currant and blackberry, with hints of Indian spices. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Round and generous for the vintage. Best after 2011. 15,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Cos d'Estournel 750ml
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