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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
Cos takes on Pauillac character in 2000, with deep flavors, great density and tremendous, sweet length delivered from this great vineyard just north of Lafite. Ripe as it is, the wine holds its Cos identity, a gift from cabernet vines planted on a hill where the limestone subsoil rises toward the surface of river stones. The Cos style appears seamless and sleek on the densely fruited surface, while the stony structure of tannin lies hidden underneath. That stone well is brimming with super-ripe plums and currants, tempting to drink now and ready to sustain a long life ahead.
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.
The Cos to own is '96. It represents the pinnacle of Bruno Prat's thirty-year tenure, a wine he believes to be better than the brilliant '90, and this tasting seems to corroborate his claims. As usual, Cos is the glamour wine of St.-Estèphe, 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: There'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.
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.
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.
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.