Even though this is still holding on to its youth, it is impossible not to see the level of quality found here. Concentrated, deep, long and intense, the tannins are polished, but still present. Give this a few more years and it will offer a better experience.
Colour: Deep garnet colour witha brown tinge
Aroma: Ripe, sweet, dark berries complexified by aromas the smoke, vanilla, tobacco, tobacco, herbs and red berry notes.
Palate: Concentrated, deep, long and intense, the fruit offers lift, length, purity and a smoky, spicy, black and blue character. There is no doubting the quality but the wine comes with a tannic wall that will need time before it softens and takes on additional secondary notes to show off its purity and poise.
Grape Varieties: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Awards: 96pts – Wine Spectator; 98pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Chateau Cos d’Estournel
Chateau Cos d’Estournel lies at the entrance to Saint-Estèphe, ideally situated at the heart of an undulating landscape in the northern Médoc. The estate’s rolling contours served as inspiration for its name; ”cos” is derived from the word for “hill of pebbles” in the old Gascon dialect. Classified as a Second Growth Bordeaux estate, Cos d’Estournel is without doubt, one of the top producers in the St. Estephe appellation, producing complex and intense, full-bodied wines.
The chateau is often referred to as “”super second,”” meaning that it produces wines at a quality nearing that of the First Growth houses. Cos d’Estournel wines contain a large amount of Merlot (40%), one of the highest percentages in the region, in fact; this gives the wines their wonderful fleshy, chewy texture.