CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL
1999 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
Very dark purple, almost black. A nose which is at once homogenous, complete and relatively closed. Fat, sweet, focussed, tannic - crisp. There is just a moment near the finish when there seems more warmth and alcohol than fruit to balance it, but the fruit (spicy raisins and crème de cassis) comes back well at the end. This is tightly-packed and should develop well. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Sweet and resolved on the nose. Very round: not a tannin to be seen. Just a tad simple but pleasing and with good freshness on the finish. Just a bit chewy. All very flattering at first. Round and charming. At a completely different stage of evolution from the 2000 - much more evolved. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Aug 2013)
The dark ruby-colored 1999 Cos is a supremely elegant effort. The wine offers notes of dried Provencal herbs, smoke, licorice, black cherries, and cassis. This medium to full-bodied St.-Estephe is cerebral, intellectual, and refined, but lacking soul and hedonism. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018. Rating: 88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Jul 2010)
Tasted at the 1999 horizontal at Bordeaux Index. Following Calon-Segur and Montrose, Cos d’Estournel has the most fragrant bouquet with wild strawberry, raspberry coulis, a touch of gingerbread and a little mint. The palate is medium-bodied, a salty tang on the entry and then impressive weight on the mid-palate: blackberry, leather, white pepper, dried herbs, leading to a dry, foursquare finish. I actually prefer the bouquet to the palate, but this is a decent Saint Estephe if not a great Cos d’Estournel effortlessly surpassed by surrounding vintages. Drink now-2018. Tasted June 2009. Drinking range: 2009 - 2018 Rating: 89-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Jul 2009)
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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