$500.00 per bottle
Robert Parker ~ 97+ Points
"(...) This wine exhibits beautifully pure notes of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite and hints of toast and vanillin. The wine is full and rich, and although aged in 80% new oak, the wood is a subtle background component. (..)"
This wine exhibits beautifully pure notes of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite and hints of toast and vanillin. The wine is full and rich, and although aged in 80% new oak, the wood is a subtle background component.
|98||Following the exotic 2009, the 2010 is reflective of the vintage, the aromatics beautifully controlled and focused with notes of blackberry, briary, cedar and graphite. It is subtle, complex and cerebral: a bouquet you want to return to again and again. The palate is sensational. The tannins are fine and supple, the acidity pitch-perfect, the balance absolutely exquisite. There is real mineralite to this Saint Estephe, the finish exuding immense finesse and poise. What a marvellous Cos d'Estournel|
|97+||The 2010 is a more structured, restrained, less flamboyant version of the 2009. A final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14.5% natural alcohol, this wine (which represents only 55% of the estate's production) is full-bodied, classic and built along the lines of the 2000 (although that wine was made before Reybier acquired the estate and upgraded quality significantly). This wine exhibits beautifully pure notes of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite and hints of toast and vanillin. The wine is full and rich, and although aged in 80% new oak, the wood is a subtle background component. This beauty will take longer to round into shape than the dramatic and compelling 2009. Forget it for 5-8 years, and drink it over the following three-plus decades.|
|97||Lifted nose of dried flowers, walnuts and dark fruits. Intense nose. A full-bodied wine, with powerful flavors of blackberries, coffee, dried herbs and spices. Super silky tannins and a long, long finish. Layered and flashy.|
|95||An extremely well-sculpted, modern wine, with an enormous core of plum sauce, blackberry coulis and cassis fruit to match the ambitious roasted apple wood-, black tea- and tobacco-infused toast. Dense and chewy now, displaying the tannic spine of the vintage, this remains integrated, racy and incredibly long, offering a piercing chalky backbone that rivets everything together.|
|95||This is a complex and rich wine dominated by superripe fruit. It is a wine of extremes, of fruit, of dark tannins allied to some bitterness from the black chocolate extract. Ripe plums and sweet black fruits are given a lift at the end with bright acidity.|
|18.5||A real tonic. Very, very deep blackish crimson. Real energy and vitality and racy stuff. Pure, refined perfect Cabernet -- pretty rich and alcoholic underneath but much, much drier and more appetising than either the 2009 - or the average Napa Cabernet, for example. Minerals and fruit in a lovely tincture. Such great texture and nobility. Racy thoroughbred Great balance and potential. Purity and energy - but you’ll need to wait so long for it! Tasted 17 Feb: Finished blend. Very dark indeed. Glossy blackish purple. Very intense, with some freshness. Still extremely young but with almost brutal mulberry(fruit and massive tannins but no suggestion of overripeness. Very ambitious.|
Lifted nose of dried flowers, walnuts and dark fruits. Intense nose. A full-bodied wine, with powerful flavors of blackberries, coffee, dried herbs and spices. Super silky tannins and a long, long finish. Layered and flashy.
|Name||Château Cos D'estournel|
|Type||Red / Rouge|
|Classification||Second Cru Classé / Second Growth|
|Grape Varieties||78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.|
|Vineyard||91 Hectares divided in 70 parcels|
|Average Age of Vines||35 years|
|Production||180,000 to 270,000|
|Soil||Limestone bed with top layered gravels|
|Winemaking||Harvest manually picked, collected in special wooden baskets, selected by hand. Fermentation in 72 vats thermo regulated|
|Ageing||18 months in 90% new oak marrains barrels|
Best now through to 2048.
16 to 18° - Open 5 hours before serving or decanting 2 hours before serving.
|Food Pairing||Poultry, fine red meat dishes, roasted beed with caramelised vegetables, roast lamb|
"A famed estate that produced excellent wines in the 80’s and up to 1996; many of which were of 1st growth quality. 1997 to 2000 have been off form although 2001 sees it back to its best." Robert Parker
"Cos is arguably the best wine of the commune, though not typically St Estephe in style. It is full but very lush and fruity, even exotic, but splendidly balanced. One cannot deny its precision and intensity."
Clive Coates, Master of Wine
www.estournel.com -interesting website with information on the 2001 vintage
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