$1418.00 per bottle
Founded by 1810 by Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel, the estate has changed ownership many times in the following 200 years. Cos d'Estournel is currently owned by entrepreneur Michel Reybier.
The 70-hectare, 30-parcel vineyard is planted mainly with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (40%), with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Around 32,000 cases are produced each year. The wines from Cos d'Estournel are typically more Merlot-rich than other classified wines of the Left Bank.
One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted, the monumental 2009 Cos D'Estournel has lived up to its pre-bottling potential. A remarkable effort from the winemaking guru Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot (33%) and a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%) was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts an inky/black/purple colour along with an extraordinary bouquet of white flowers interwoven with blackberry and blueberry liqueur, incense, charcoal, and graphite.
The wine hits the palate with extraordinary purity, balance and intensity as well as perfect equilibrium, and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, wood, and alcohol.
An iconic wine as well as a remarkable achievement, it is the greatest Cos d'Estournel ever produced. It is approachable enough at present that one could appreciate it with several hours of decanting, but it will not hit its prime for a decade, and should age effortlessly for half a century. Drink 2022-2072.
|Name||Château Cos d'Estournel|
|Type||Rouge / Red|
|Classification||2em Cru Classé (2nd growth)|
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc|
|Average Age of Vines||35 years old|
|Soil||Sandy gravel and limestone|
|Winemaking||3 weeks' maceration and fermentation in stainless-steel tanks|
|Ageing||18 months in oak casks (80% new oak), no filtration|
|Food Pairings||Lamb; Game Animals; Beef|
|Occasions||Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary|
|When to Drink||Enjoy over the next 20 Years|
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