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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... Read more
Full ruby-red. Cassis, minerals, cedar and a floral note on the nose, along with an herbal currant leaf component. Juicy and tight; hints at the po... Read more
Cos takes on Pauillac character in 2000, with deep flavors, great density and tremendous, sweet length delivered from this great vineyard just nort... Read more
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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 d'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 d'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: 2010-2022.
Full ruby-red. Cassis, minerals, cedar and a floral note on the nose, along with an herbal currant leaf component. Juicy and tight; hints at the power of the vintager but misses out on the sweetness and pliancy of the best examples. Offers a reasonably seamless texture but the firmly tannic finish seems a bit herbaceous following the 2001.
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.
For a Saint-Estéphe this is surprisingly supple for its age. The density is all in the exotic fruit, while the tannins are more of a background. That suggests this is a wine that will develop relatively fast, but it is going to give great pleasure along the way.
This wine grows on you. It is massive, dry and austere, with a slight, stalky green bean accent to the currant and cherry flavors. The finish is quite tannic and chewy, yet an impressive amount of fruit pours through. The lasting impression is of enormous depth and complexity, but it will take time for the tannins to tone down. Hands off until 2004.
(Barrel tasting) Supercomplex, with Indian spices, violets and crushed berries. Full-bodied, with intense, silky tannins and a long, long finish. Best Cos since 1989.
Made fro 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine reminiscent of the 1986 Cos d'Estournel. At the château, they claim the three vintages I love, 1982, 1985 and 1990, are less "classic" than years such as 1986, 1996 and 1998. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young Cos d'Estournel I have ever tasted, this thick, structures, tannic wine has closed down significantly since bottling. It requires 7-8 years of cellaring and should last 30-35 years.
Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
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