CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL
1996 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
This is black, completely opaque even to the edge. Classical fruit with pencil lead and even new shaved pencil wood dryness, spicy, firm and crisp, gorgeously taut and spicy. Tannic finish is firm, with some tannins verging on the coarse - it is going to be a great wine. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Another gorgeous wine has been produced at Cos d'Estournel. Normally, Cos is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, but in 1996, largely because of the high quality of the Cabernet crop, the final blend was 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. This is one 1996 where I noted a close resemblance to the château's 1986. This powerful, tannic wine exhibits a black-purple colour, gorgeously sweet, chewy, thick fruit, medium to full body, and 30+ seconds of length. Although backward, the wine is impressive because of its purity, richness, and overall size. I suspect the 1996 Cos d'Estournel, much like the aforementioned 1986, will require 8-10 years of cellaring; it should keep for 30-35 years. Proprietor Bruno Prats informed me that 66% of the crop made it into the final blend. Rating: 92-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Mar 2005)
Château Cos d'Estournel
Founded in 1811, Château Cos d'Estournel is almost as renowned for its spectacular pagoda architecture as for its intense, opulent and complex wines, marking it as the leading château of Saint-Estèphe and classification as a second-growth. The original owner, Louis Gaspard d'Estournel, travelled widely in Asia and set about building the impressive château we see today, drawing heavily on Oriental influences. Ever the showman, the doors of the château were imported from the Palace of Zanzibar. The property has had several owners and has belonged to Michel Reybier since 2000, who has invested substantially with a spectacular new cellar opening in 2008. The 91 hectare estate is densely planted (8,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare) with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. On the border with Pauillac, Cos looks across the Jalle du Breuil at Château Lafite, Cos, from old the Gascon language meaning the hill of pebbles, suitably describes the terroir along with clay, gravel, sand and limestone soil. The vineyard is managed by teams and each team member is given 45,000 vines to look after. A second wine - Les Pagodes de Cos - was introduced in 1994. A more recent, and controversial, innovation has been the introduction of a white Cos d'Estournel (80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon).
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