Cos d'Estournel 2005

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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 cer... Read more

fruity, cassis, berries, super soft velvety tannins, very elegant, complex, multilayered, mouth filling and lingering. Just stunning!! Read more

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, so... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Cos d'Estournel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065211,115
4.50 5
12/14/2009

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


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Snooth User: Franz Schneider
81732338
5.00 5
07/30/2009

fruity, cassis, berries, super soft velvety tannins, very elegant, complex, multilayered, mouth filling and lingering. Just stunning!!


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
822657194
4.00 5
06/23/2011

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!


Snooth User: The Red Grape
18290483
3.50 5
05/19/2009

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.


Snooth User: barbarism
34810128
3.00 5
01/07/2010

It was better than I expected.


Snooth User: contram
2035013
3.50 5
06/22/2009

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

External Review
04/01/2008

Chateau Cos D'Estournel St. Estephe


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

Few men have translated their intellectual brilliance into brilliant wine as directly as Bruno Prats, proprietor of the magnificent Cos d'Estournel. The château 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 Prats' stewardship, it has become one of the most reliable sources of first-quality wine in the Médoc. And the lustrous '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. It's a classic Cos, and among the best of the '94s.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

The vibrant color gives Cos away, and then the sheen of new oak over deeply extracted, meaty scents of plums confirms the château's rich essence. you might get lost in all the lavish fruit, so lush and harmonious that you miss the steely spine at the core. But it's there, inside this bright, accessible wine - a taut backbone to hold it all in balance as it ages. That accessibility is something of a Cos illusion. Cellar it until 2008-10 to see why.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

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 '89 Cos due to its apparent fruit concentration and a firmer balance between that fruit and the wood.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Jean-Guillaume Pratsandrsquo; relationship with Cos dandrsquo;Estournel goes back to the 1990s, when his father, Bruno, owned the 220-acre estate in northern Mandeacute;doc. After ownership passed to entrepreneur Michel Reybier in 2000, the younger Prats stayed on as president, entrusted with the task of overhauling the estate and improving the quality of the wine. In 2005, he made an extraordinary wine, a blend of 78 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 percent Merlot and 3 percent Cabernet Franc.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Saint-Estandegrave;phe 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.


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This is not an in stock item but a brokered wine that will be delivered in 6-8 weeks. Call us with any questions though and we will answer them for you. 914-834-2134. This product is only sold by the case. 12x750ml

This is not an in stock item but a brokered wine that will be delivered in 6-8 weeks. Call us with any questions though and we will answer them for you. 914-834-2134. This product is only sold by the case. 12x750ml

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