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Cos d'Estournel 2005
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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 Cos d'Estournel
Perfumed on the nose with deep, layered notes of black currant, wood spice, herbs, sandalwood and Asian spice tones with floral top notes and a certain element that recalls perfectly ripe Cabernet Franc. This is a big wine, powerful yet fresh with slightly drying tannins. The intensity of the fruit quickly overwhelms the tannins and fills the mouth with ripe black raspberry fruit and notes of gunpowder and dark, moist soil. This clamps down a bit on the finish but all the elements are there for a tremendous bottle of wine to emerge in 12-15 years, perhaps more. It’s really massive and packed by all those tannins will take time and these are not the elegant tannins of 2000 or 2001. 94pts
fruity, cassis, berries, super soft velvety tannins, very elegant, complex, multilayered, mouth filling and lingering. Just stunning!!
Maybe 4.4+ stars. Color, this wine has a nice dark ruby red color. Nose, leather, orang peel (just a little), black fruits, blackberry, currant, some floral aromas coming through, licorice, some earthiness. Midpalate, nice black fruits, licorice, some dark chocolate, voluptuous, dry, young, full bodied, has a nice weight. Finish, very silky, elegant, smooth, nice complexity, well balanced, a little hint of bitterness (in a good way), lingering (45+ seconds and still feeling it), dark chocolate and black fruits are dancing on my palate, nice firm smooth tannins. Overall, this wine is very well made. It is a very modern still of Bordeaux. It has not peaked yet. I would put it away until 2026-2038. I am 95 on this effort. I am enjoying it very much. I would indeed recommend it to any wine lover who appreciates quality. Happy drinking!
Massive, massive wine-- strong tannins, cedar box, smoky ethereal quality, good dark fruit flavors. This bottle will be worth at least double its retail value when it peaks.
It was better than I expected.
If you add together all the tastes different reviews compare this wine to, you would have the world's worst salad... "spicy clove and pepper aroma over cherry, smoky leather and raspberry" "currant, plum, minerals, licorice and graphite" "orange peel, new leather, currant, berry and Christmas pudding" "licorice, Asian spices, creme de cassis, blackberries, and toasty oak."
External Reviews for Cos d'Estournel
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.
Jean-Guillaume Prats allowed the vintage to steer Cos toward unprecedented power in 2005; the wine comes in at 13.95 percent alcohol, and itandrsquo;s grand in every sense. It smells like first-growth juice, with the kind of oak integration that accentuates the wineandrsquo;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. Thereandrsquo;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.
While I am not convinced the 2005 Cos dandrsquo;Estournel will eclipse the compelling 2003 Cos, it is unquestionably another superb classic from proprietor Michel Reybier and his brilliant winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats. Made from an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) and the balance mostly Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, this superb effort requires plenty of time in the bottle. It boasts an inky/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of licorice, Asian spices, creme de cassis, blackberries, and toasty oak. This full-bodied St.-Estephe is exceptionally powerful, pure, and dense with a layered mid-palate that builds like a skyscraper. While there are massive tannins, they are remarkably velvety and well-integrated in this big, backstrapping effort that should enjoy an unusually long life. Forget it for 8andndash;10 years, and drink it between 2017andndash;2040.
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 "classic" year, like 1988 but with more intensity.
Saint-Estèphe 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.
Cos d'Estournel makes stylish wines, and the 1995 is showing extremely well. Less hefty than wither Montrose or Calon-Ségur, 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.