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2012 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification 2ème Cru Classé

Coolly fresh. Complex and attractive fruit, a touch of salinity, a touch of sweetness. Black fruits with flashed of blueberry, very concentrated but not brutal or over the top. Just a quite tannic vintage. Oaky too, but again it is not overdone. 'The freshness is in the tannin', says Aymeric, and there is a big mass of tannin here, but wrapped in silk. Rating: 93-93 L&S (May 2013)

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The 2012 Cos d'Estournel is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It has a deep garnet-purple color and reveals expressive black cherries, black raspberries and red and black plums scents with subtler notes of cassis, menthol, pencil lead and cigar box plus a touch of lavender. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled, with a rock-solid frame of chewy tannins, it delivers a lively lift on the long finish. This is a lovely wine with slightly chewier tannins and less stuffing than the 2011. Needs 4-5 years. Drinking range: 2022 - 2042 Rating: 93+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 2018)

The Grand Vin is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that is being raised in 70% new oak. It delivers 13.79% alcohol and represents half of the total crop. It is initially quite taciturn on the nose with blackberry and briary notes, the Cabernet component coming through strongly with hints of iodine. Returning after 10 minutes, the mineral aromas are more pronounced. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins. It is certainly well balanced, quite assertive at this stage with bold, dry tannins on the finish that is more concentrated than you would expect given the growing season. There is a pleasant salty note on the aftertaste that lingers long in the mouth. This is a steadfast, well-judged Cos d’Estournel, though it falls somewhat short of the mighty 2010. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, 2013)

It has a saturated purple color, a classic style, abundant tannin, slight austerity, superb concentration, huge fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a structured, muscular, well-delineated finish. This impressive, full-bodied Cos will need time to round into shape. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades. Proprietor Michel Reybier has produced an outstanding 2012 Cos d’Estournel from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. With a pH of 3.75 and alcohol level of 13.8% this is a ripe wine with the same tannin levels (IPH) as the 2009. The second wine, the 2012 Les Pagodes de Cos, represents 50% of the production. 2017 - 2037 Rating: 92-95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2013)

Cos has taken a particular stylistic route since 2009 and this follows the same path, even in a cooler vintage like 2012. It’s a super concentrated, saturated style of wine with notes of plums and blueberries, lashings of new oak and considerable power. What Château Pavie is to the Right Bank, Cos is becoming to the Left. Not to everyone’s taste, but certainly a well made red. Drink: 2020-30. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, 2013)

Very dark and purple. Very interesting, almost putty nose. Intriguing and not so flamboyant and flashy as in some years. Really rather like Lafite 2012 on the nose! Perhaps a little tiny bit bitter on the finish but no excess of sweetness nor alcohol. Very measured. Solid impact. Very dry finish. I absolutely love the nose but find it a bit austere on the finish – but at least it is classic St-Estèphe. Slightly hard work at this stage; the most youthful wine I have tasted so far. '100% gravity-fed cellar helped us to be restrained in extraction.' 2025 - 2040. Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2013)

Superb colour, big black fruits, has the opulent smoothness of Cos with freshness and very classy length. Drink: 2017 - 2032. Rating: 18 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2013)

Opaque with mulberry and cherry notes throughout this is a scintillating Cos with serious élan. Rating: 19 Matthew Jukes 2013)

This is very tannic -- perhaps slightly too much -- but shows very pretty, intense fruit with blueberry and mineral character. Full and dense. Mineral and dried spices such as cloves under it all. Very muscular. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, 2013)

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