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2012 Blanc Château Cos d'Estournel

Colour White
Origin France, Bordeaux

Tasted at the Chateau in their wonderful room which makes you feel like you have just arrived at Raffles or some comfortable colonial club in the early 1950s. There is a good whiff of oak initially but the palate is lively with lovely zip and brighty limey fruit. The weight gains and the fruit becomes more tropical, a little broader and riper - but finishes with good clean lines and lovely lift. It comes from a vineyard 11km up the Médoc, by Goulée. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2013)

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The Cos Blanc is a blend of 77% Sauvignon Blanc and 23% Semillon with a pH of 3.10. It has a fresh lemon thyme-scented bouquet with lime and bruised apple scents emerging with time. The palate is crisp and leesy on the entry. It has a decent minerality and length, although it is missing just a little tension towards the sherbet-tinged effervescent finish. Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, (May 2013)

Made from 77% Sauvignon Blanc and 23% Semillon, this terrific effort was cropped at 25 hectoliters per hectare. From the same vineyard in the northern Medoc as their Goulee, it exhibits plenty of crushed rock, honeyed grapefruit and tangerine oil characteristics in a medium-bodied, zesty, vibrant, exuberant style. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. 2013 - 2018 Rating: 91-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Apr 2013)

Sourced from the same terroir in the northern Médoc as Gouleé (but priced three times higher), Cos’ white has got better with every vintage since its 2005 launch. Crunchy, complex and classy with flavours of struck match and grapefruit pith and a long, stylish finish. Drink: 2013-20. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, (Apr 2013)

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