CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL
2004 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
Oaky nose, chocolate attack. There is volume and sweetness and body. Thickly tannic and richly long. Much less expressive than the Pagodes for now, but the same spiced cassis is there too, combined with massive depth and classic concentration of dry texture, while all the time keeping the freshness and balance of the vintage. Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2005)
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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).
Mineral, with a distant hint of oriental spice and smoky too. Juicy, rounded and quite fleshy, but not that conecntrated. Delicious and refined with years to come. Drinking range: 2014 - 2022 Rating: 90-90 Decanter Magazine (Sep 2014)
A beautiful example of the vintage, proprietor Michel Reybier and his top-notch winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats, have fashioned an exceptional wine displaying a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of boysenberries, black currants, cherries, pain grille, roasted herbs, and licorice. Medium-bodied with impressive density for the vintage, sweet tannin, and outstanding richness and length, it should be at its finest between 2009 and 2020+. Rating: 92-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Nov 2007)
Deep red-ruby. Aromas of cassis, plum, licorice and coconutty oak. Round, suave and ripe, with lovely depth of flavor and a pliant, full texture for the year. This doesn't have quite the thrust of the 2006, but it's lively and fresh, and finishes ripely tannic and long. Rating: 91-91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
Healthy blackish purple. Sweet black fruits ? very exotically styled, a bit like Mouton on form on the nose. Freshness and some well mannered fruit on the palate ? but none of the opulence hinted at by the nose. A huge leap up from Pagodes, and a nice classic hit of fruit on the front palate, but still very marked by the vintage. Fine dry, sandy tannins on the finish. Needs lots of time. Drink 2015-25 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2005)
A solid wine with lots of chewy tannins, but they are relatively round and refined. Full-bodied and long. Jean-Guillaume Prats, the manager, said that the wine was very high in alcohol (13.6) yet also high in acidity. Almost 95-100. Rating: 92-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2005)
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