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Château Cos d'Estournel

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2018 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 99

With its telltale Asian spice perfume, the color is impossible to see through. Full-bodied, dense, rich and fleshy, the wine coats your palate with a display of red and black fruits, spice, smoke, earth and licorice. The tannins are polished. The fruit, even with this much weight and flesh, remains fresh and balanced. The finish keeps on going long after the wine has left its glass and gone to where it was intended to go. I timed it, and it surpassed the 60 second mark! This is positively stunning and if you’re a lover of COS, as this is one of the best vintages produced in the long history of the estate, this belongs in your cellar. The wine was made from blending 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, reaching 14.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The harvest took place September 19 to October 6. The Grand Vin was made from only 65% of the harvest. 98-100 Pts

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2018 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 94

Youthful and crisp, with little effort, the spark of honeysuckle, orange, grapefruit, vanilla and lemon hits the perfume. On the palate this wine is drenched in brightness, yellow citrus and a hint of honey, providing a fresh, refreshing, juicy experience.

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2017 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 97

Quite dark in color, the wine is full bodied, concentrated, lushly textured and offers a serious depth of flavor. Power and elegance make a perfect pairing here. The glycerin filled finish coats your palate, leaving you with a mélange of dark fruits that keep going for almost 50 seconds. The wine was made from blending 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The harvest took place September 12 to September 30 and the Grand Vin was made from only 40% of the harvest.

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2017 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 93

Youthful and crisp with a spark of honeysuckle, orange, grapefruit, vanilla and lemon on the nose. On the palate this wine is drenched in brightness and very refreshing.

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2016 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 100

You could lose count if you were trying to number all the layers of velvet drenched, powerful, lifted, sweet, fresh deep red fruits here. The wine offers incredible levels of concentration along with precision, purity, power and elegance. But to take all this in at its peak, patience is required as you will need at least 12 years or so before this really starts shining. But it is going to be worth the wait.

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A big jump in from barrel to bottle here. Layers of dark, ripe, juicy, sweet, fresh, dark red red fruits, with a spicy note that clings is only part of the show. Concentrated, lush, sensuous, refined and pure, the wine has depth, length and complexity. Less flashy or exotic as you experienced with the 2009 on release, there is more freshness and refinement in this stunner. This sublime wine will age for decades.

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Almost pitch black in color, the wine is all about the intensity, complexity and exotic, lush textures on the palate. But the perfume, with its lean to Asian spice, smoke, licorice, tobacco and blackberries is surreal. Opulent and regal, this is not quite at the level of the brilliant 2009, but it's not far from there either.

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Deep purple at the edges of its inky hue, this wine shows smoke, (Yes, a Deep Purple wine that shows Smoke on the Water) with licorice, Asian spice boysenberry and blackberries at the front of the perfume. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated and palate staining (so don’t spill it on the rug) but it also shows freshness, spice and lift. The fruits are sweet, ripe and ready to eat but that’s just the beginning, stand by for late breaking licorice, spice and silky tannins. There is energy and lift that grabs a seat at the table this year. Produced from a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, this wine reached 13.07% alcohol with a pH of 3.66 and is now aging in 80% new, French oak barrels. The harvest took place from September 26 to October 15. 96 - 98 Pts

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2016 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 93

Fresh, bright, intense blast of lemon, grapefruit and floral notes. Crisp and invigorating, the bite of yellow citrus and green apple in the finish wakes your palate up.

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Pomelo and honeysuckle on the nose and palate, with fresh citrus accents and a juicy, shot of lime in the finish, with fresh, crispness.

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2015 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 92

A bright, juicy, fresh blast yellow citrus with a hint of lime. Quite vibrant and fruity. Drink now, or age it for a few more years.

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Crisp, fresh and combining elements of tropical fruit with sweet, ripe, fresh, vigorous citrus, the finish leaves you with refreshing notes of pomelo, green apple, grapefruit, lemon peel and a dab of vanilla tinged honey.

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From 75% Sauvignon Blanc, and 25% Semillon, the wine is crisp, fresh, lively and packed with green apples, grapefruit, lemon, lime and sweet honeysuckle.

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2015 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 96

Full bodied, richly textured and with equal amounts of elegance and power, the wine is loaded with sweet, ripe, dark, red fruits, Asian spice, tobacco, thyme, wet earth, blackberry and cassis. With lush, refined textures and a sweetness to the fruit on the palate, this will be much better with at least one decade of aging.

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Losing its baby fat and firming up, gaining in intensity and finesse, the wine is full bodied, fresh, deep and concentrated with ripe, spicy, cassis and black fruits.

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With fine intensity of color, this wine leans to the elegant, fresh side of the style range, a thrill for those tasters who think Cos has gone too far on the ripe side. (I'm not one of those people) Soft and lush with salty tannins and supple, round textures, blackberry, dark chocolate and espresso heighten the smooth, refined finish. The key to this year's successful vintage was in the selection. Only the oldest vines, vines dating back at least 55 years, were used in the process and only 39% of the harvest was placed in the Grand Vin. Produced from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc, this wine reached 13.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.77 and is now aging in 80% new, French oak barrels. 95 - 96 Pts

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2014 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 91

Probably not a wine to make old bones, but so what? The fresh squeezed lemon, lime, green apple and grapefruit, with a hint of honeysuckle, orange rind and vanilla bean are already serving up their easy to taste goods. The wine was made from a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon.

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A cheerful nose of grapefruit, lemon, lime, green apple and honeysuckle, this is an invigorating, lively wine ideal to sip with a summer supper of freshly caught seafood.

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2014 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 96

Full bodied, concentrated and with a lush character to the tannins, the fruit is ripe, sweet and fresh. There is a sweetness and purity to the dark red berries that tastes and feels great. On the palate, the blackberries, earth, licorice and spice continue the experience. Drink a bottle young for its youthful vibrancy and save the rest for at least a decade, which is when this beauty will just start to shine its lights brightly.

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Intense in color with a showy nose and the already present tones of tobacco leaves, anise, earth and vine-ripened berries, this wine is luxurious on the palate, plump and concentrated with roasted espresso bean, cocoa, warm berries, spice and freshness to the ripe fruits in the finish. Produced from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.77. The wine is aging in 80% new, French oak barrels. After a rocky start with the difficult 2013 vintage, Aymeric de Gironde has clearly stepped up his game! 95-96 Pts

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2013 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 92

Quite successful for the vintage. Medium bodied, but with more depth and color than you would have expected, the wine is fresh, spicy, and polished, leaving with you silky tannins, crisp, crunchy cassis, blackberry and cherries. Give to 2-4 years in the bottle and it could be even better.

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Ruby in color, cassis with cocoa powder, salty tannins and fresh dark, red berries are found in the spicy finish. From 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, with a pH of 3.6, the wine reached 12.7% alcohol, the lowest level of alcohol achieved since the early 1980’s. Produced from yields of 26.3 hectoliters per hectare, the wine will be aged in 60% new, French oak. 90-92 Pts

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2013 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 92

Fresh grapefruit, lime, kiwi, lemon, vanilla and honeysuckle aromas pop immediately when poured into the glass. Fresh, lively, vivacious citrus fruits, acidity, and the sensations of fresh squeezed lemons drizzled over stones will make this fun to drink in its youth. 92 Pts

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2012 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 93

Deep in color, with Asian spice, licorice, espresso and wet earth scents open the wine. On the palate, the wine is polished, round and smooth, with cassis, licorice, cocoa, coffee bean and black cherries in the finish.

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Spicy cherries and oak scents open to a fresh, cherry, herb, stone and fennel nose. Medium/full bodied, tannic, and filled with bright cassis flavors, this should be fun to drink while your’re waiting for the 2009 and 2010 to come around. Drink this on the young side. 91-93 Pts

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Blending 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.79% alcohol, with a pH of 3.75 and will be aged in 70% new French oak. The first vintage produced with Aymeric de Gironde at the helm after the departure of Jean Guillaume Prats offers the estates’ tell-tale Asian spice scents, complicated by boysenberry and jammy black cherry. Medium/full-bodied, this a lighter-bodied, firm style of Cos d’Estournel, when compared against other, more recently heralded, vintages. 90-93 Pts

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2012 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 92

Flowers, apricot, spice, vanilla, guava, pineapple and lemon create the attention seeking perfume. Sweet, rich, lively and ripe, the wine ends with freshness and tropical fruits with squeeze of lemon at the end.

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Zesty lemon, lime, vanilla, grapefruit and kiwi fruits pop with no effort. In the mouth, the wine is fresh, fun and food friendly. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 92

Candied black licorice, cassis, black and red ripe cherries and spice are easily found in the perfume. The wine is soft, with polished round tannins and a medium body. In the mouth, the wine has added weight and filled out in its texture since last tasted. The wine is already accessible and can be enjoyed young, or allowed to age for more complexity.

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Blending 65% Cabernet Sauvignon with 33% Merlot and a dollop of Petit Verdot, the wine represents 36% of the production. To achieve the highest level of quality for the Grand Vin, the estate reserved more fruit for Pagodes de Cos than usual. This is the smallest amount of Cos produced since 1991. With a nose of Asian spice, black cherry liqueur, smoke, gravel, earth, truffle, vanilla and fennel, this refined, pure, fresh cassis- filled wine ends with clean, spicy cassis and blackberry in the finish. 93-95Pts

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2011 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 93

Blended from 67% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Semillon, the production recently increased to 500 cases, which is about double the previous level of production. With a cloudy appearance, this unfiltered wine opens with lemon, lime, grapefruit and stone aromas. Fresh citrus, pineapple, nut and apple are found in the long finish. 92-94 Pts

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2010 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 98

I am shocked by how much fun this was to drink at the tender age of only 9 years of age. Full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, in fact, dense is a good way to discuss this beauty. But the wine is balanced, fresh and complex. Luscious on the palate, the finish focuses on layers of ripe, blackberry and cassis, chocolate, herbs and Asian spice. Decanted about 90 minutes, the wine kept getting better and better in the glass as the night wore on. This is a wine you should have in your cellar if you are a fan of Cos d'Estournel. I am sure this will be even better in 5, 10, 15, 20 and even 25 years from now.

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An exotic nose of spice box, orange peel, herbs, oak, espresso bean, jam, flowers, smoke and forest floor. Full bodied, rich, tannic, powerful, structured to age and showing a lot of freshness in the fruit, the wine is a modern version of a classic vintage of Cos d’Estournel that demands a minimum of a decade in the cellar.

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Inky purple in color, the nose reeks of plum and blackberry liqueur, incense, blueberry, wood, gravel and smoke. In the mouth this big, powerful, tannic, fresh, structured Bordeaux wine demands attention. This requires serious time in the cellar before being approachable. This is a traditionally styled, muscular, powerful wine which ends with a long sensation of pure, dark berries, plums, freshness and a lot of tannin. Jean-Guillaume Prats calls 2010 Cos d’Estournel, “A perfect definition of Bordeaux wine blending austerity, power and elegance.” Jean-Guillaume added; that he loves the 2009 Cos for its glamorous style, but that is a unique vintage for the chateau.

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2010 Cos d’Estournel was produced from 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and the remainder Petit Verdot. The wine reached 14.5 % alcohol which is a little lower than they achieved in 2009. Representing 55% of the harvest, the wine looks as dark as a midnight sky, with coaxing the wine offers smoke, Asian spice, cassis, boysenberry, stone and minerality in the complex nose. Powerful, dense, pure and packed with tannins as well as a wall of fruit, this wine requires serious aging. Long, fresh and mouth filling, while the tannin levels are less than they were in 2009, due to the higher levels of acidity, (which shaped the wines character) the wine feels more tannic. This broad shouldered, muscular wine will not be fun to drink in its youth. In time, it may become the perfect blend of tradition and modern. Tasters who were not happy with 2009 Cos should love this wine, (It’s closer in style to 2005, with a dash of 1986 blended in, than it is to 2009.) 96-98 Pts Prats thinks 2010 Cos is a perfect definition of what Bordeaux does at its best, mixing austerity, power and elegance. While he loves 2009 Cos d'Estournel for its glamorous style, Jean-Guillaume considers it a unique vintage for the chateau.

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2010 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 91

From a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, the wine serves up a delicious, forward lemon grass, mineral, grapefruit, floral and lime scented wine that is fresh and refreshing.

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2009 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 100

The wine is just starting to establish itself. The baby fat has melted away. Now you find a wine of intensity. Intense concentration, intense aromatics, intense palate presence and an intense finish. But everything is in balance and harmony here. The fruit is lushly textured with a velvet drenched touch. While your palate is coated with layers of fruit, nothing is overwhelming. This is power and refinement, the true velvet fist in an iron glove. Still primary, give this another 7-8 years and you should have a legendary Bordeaux in your glass by that time.

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This is a monumental wine. The surreal texture is off the hook. The wine coats and stains your palate. This is decadence with a backbone. Pure velvet with countless waves of perfectly ripe fruit, that expresses a wonderful purity. Inky, dark in color, this is only getting started. 2 hours in the decanted allowed the blackberry, plum, espresso, smoke, licorice, extremely dark chocolate and earthy notes to appear. Make no mistake, this is all about the incredible levels of density and decadent mouthfeel. Prices have not moved much. In time, my bet is, this will be considered one of the stars of the legendary 2009 vintage!

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The wine has dropped most of its baby fat and starting to close up. The color remains opaque, with a thick, rich, dense and intense palate presence that is made even better by the smooth, silky tannins and opulent, plush palate presence. Drink soon, or you might have to wait a decade or longer before popping a cork.

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Shiny ink in color with purple edges, the wine comes alive with only a splash decanting. The perfume explodes with a drawer full of spices, smoke, coffee bean, incense, truffle, blackberry, blue fruit, vanilla, clay, earth and liqueur scents. Intense, the wine is packed and stacked with flavor. Powerful, pure and mouth filling, the wine coats your palate with layers of pure black and blue fruit, licorice, lead pencil and spice. This wine offers a beautiful expression pure fruit, balance, harmony and perfectly ripe tannins. The wine has changed since it was first tasted in barrel. The layers of baby fat have morphed into a beautiful, complicated wine that due to its unique style, can be enjoyed young, yet it has the ability to age and evolve for decades.

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Inky in color, the aromas pop from the glass and fill your nose with licorice, incense, crushed stone, cassis, black and blueberries, espresso bean and spice. Offering incredible power and concentration, everything is in perfect balance and harmony. This is so plush, it feels like Jean-Guillaume Prats hand polished the berries one at a time before fermentation. From an assemblage of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the long, fresh, mouth coating, finish is purity at its best. This is completely seamless. This was my first time tasting the wine in bottle. Having tasted 2009 Cos d'Estournel multiple times in barrel, it's nice to see how the wine has evolved. The biggest difference is, the wine has exchanged some of its youthful exuberance for refinement and elegance.

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2009 Cos d’Estournel is black ink with purple accents. The wine smells like a basket of fresh picked blackberries and blueberries with the added aromas of ground spice, coffee, incense, smoke, licorice, and black raspberry liqueur. This powerful wine coats every inch, nook, and cranny of your tongue, cheeks, gums, and palate with pure essences of black and blue fruit complemented by chocolate and kirsch. The seamless finish lasts over 60 seconds. I tasted this wine 3 times with similar results. 99/100 Pts . Jean-Guillaume Prats explained the role of the new cellars in producing the wine, “Gravity cellars allow for a complete non intervention in making the wine. This allows for the purest possible expression of the fruit grown in the gravelly rock terroir. The wine is always moved by gravity, thus never touched by human hands.” The wine is expensive. For most people, paying $300 for 2009 Cos D’Estournel is out of the question --- a perfectly reasonable point of view. Having finished tasting every major property and a plethora of smaller estates in the Medoc, if you are not planning to buy Latour, Margaux, or Haut Brion in this vintage, if you desire to own what will be a reference point wine from 2009, this is the wine to buy.

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The color of midnight black ink with deep, purple accents. The wine slides down your glass leaving purple tear streaks, that never seem to fade. Incense, spice, fresh blackberry, cassis, hints of blue fruit, coupled with minerals and smoke. Massive waves of velvet textured, perfectly ripe black and blue fruit melt all over your mouth, coating your palate with decadent richness. There is purity, opulence and flamboyance in every sip, backed up with freshness in this potentially flawless Bordeaux wine. There was no sensation of heat and everything was in perfect harmonious balance. The long, almost :60 finish is seamless. The sample remained in my glass for almost 5 hours without any sign of fading. 2009 COS is better than 2003, which it better than 2005. This wine perfectly combines sensuous, hedonistic qualities with intellectual stimulation. This might not be a wine for Burgundy lovers. I get that. But it's purity, opulence and harmony will attract a lot of Bordeaux loving fans.

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2009 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 91

Due to the increase in production, this is the first vintage of Cos Blanc to be offered as a future. The price is lower too. Produced from a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, fresh squeezed lemons, grapefruit, kiwi and lemon grass scents dominate the fresh, forward styled wine.

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2008 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 94

Very young, as you would expect, this is still a juvenile in terms of its development. Still, if you have a few hours of time to allow it some air, the nose will show vanilla, licorice, black and dark red fruits, smoke, cassis, and espresso. Full-bodied, concentrated and fresh, at least 8 more years of bottle age are warranted here.

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This has developed nicely over the decade. The wine offers firm tannins coupled with dark, juicy red fruits, smoke, licorice, spice, espresso wet earth notes. Full bodied and loaded with juicy fruits, this is still on the young side. 5-8 more years in the cellar will allow everything to come together here.

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In 2008 Cos d’Estournel experienced its lowest yields since 1991. This deeply colored wine with purple tints is almost opaque. On the nose are oak, boysenberry, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur with cassis scents. Here is a big wine, filled with dense, ripe fruit. The tannins are elegant and polished. The wine displays great purity of fruit. The finish is intense, clean, pure, and balanced. 2008 is the first vintage wherein Jean Guillaume Prats used his amazing new, 100% gravity cellars, with onespecifically sized vat per block, allowing him great precision in the wine making. 94-96 Pts

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2008 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 88

Fresh, bright, and perhaps too acidic for my taste, the wine delivers grapefruit, lemongrass and floral notes. I’d drink this on the young side.

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2007 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 92

Medium bodied, bright, fresh, earthy red berries, with notes of spice, earth, tobacco, espresso, fennel and fresh herbs. The texture is soft, there is an easy elegance to the wine. Fully mature, this is as good as it is going to get. So, if you want to enjoy the remainder of the of the soft fruits, pop a cork before the wine begins its slow fade into old age. The wine was made from blending 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13.4% alcohol. Not decanted and just popped and poured was the way to go with this wine.

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2007 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 91

From a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, the wine is filled with fresh citrus, crushed stone and floral notes. The fruit is sweet and there is good acidity giving the wine lift and keeping it fresh.

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2006 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 96

Dark in color, but there is some lightening at the rim of the glass taking place, coupled with concentration of flavor, ripe, but firm tannins, layers of sweet, ripe, fresh, black fruits, minerality and spice, there is a lot to like about this wine. That being said, it's not ready for its prime time debut. Give it another 5 years before you pop a cork, if you can wait that long.

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Perfectly balancing tannic, structure and power, with opulent, refined textures and ripe fruit, there is a lot to like in this cassis, spice, blackberry, smoke, licorice and earthy wine. If you can wait, and you should, give it until at least 2016 before popping a cork.

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This is dark ruby in color with an exciting, spicy, cassis and blackberry filled nose. The wine offers a big, juicy mouthful of ripe fruit, but, the tannins are big in style. The black fruit filled finish with a hint of raspberry tones is a large, full bodied wine. But, the style of the tannins make it seem like it will take a long time to come around.

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2006 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 88

Lacking the level of concentration and sweetness found in 2005 or 2007, this stony, lemony wine reminds me of a light weight Chablis. The wine was produced from a blend of 72% Sauvignon Blanc and 28% Semillon.

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2005 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 98

This just keeps getting better and better as it slowly works its way to maturity. The wine is deep, full-bodied, concentrated and multi-faceted. The gorgeous fruit is perfectly ripe, sweet, round, opulent and fresh. Still youthful, give it 7-10 years and this will be a rockstar wine with all its sensuous textures accompanied by complex aromatics and a long finish, perfect to show off its purity and poise.

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Even though this is still holding on to its youth, it is impossible not to see the level of quality found here. Concentrated, deep, long and intense, the fruit offers lift, length, purity and a smoky, spicy, black and blue character. The tannins are polished, but still present. Give this another 5-8 years and it will offer a better experience.

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It's been a few years since I last tasted this wine, and it has not moved an inch. Firm, tannic, powerful, concentrated and with a deep tannic spice, there is a wall of fruit. The ripe, sweet, dark berries are complicated by the smoke, vanilla, tobacco, tobacco, herbs and red berry notes. There is depth and volume. There is no doubting the quality but the wine comes with a tannic wall that will need a decade , but it's going to require another decade before it softens and takes on additional secondary notes.

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Showing some lightening around the edges, the wine pops with cigar box, tobacco, dark chocolate, Asian spice and earthy aromatics. Fresh, ripe, sweet, long, clean, focused fruits easily move from black to red and return to black. The present tannins are smooth. The wine remains young and fresh. 5 years in the cellar will add a lot to this beauty, if you can keep your hands off it.

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Starting to wake up from its slumber, the wine has a spicy, rich, silky character that fills your mouth with soft, polished, deep, round fruits and tannins. Still young, either decant for a few hours or wait a decade before popping a cork.

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Deep ruby in color, with some lightening at the edges, tobacco, smoke, 5 spice, blackberry, cassis, cigar box and earthy aromas create the complex perfume. Full bodied and concentrated with flavor, this tannic, intense, long, fresh, pure wine demands cellaring. Give it at least a decade to soften and come together. This will be a very long lived wine and well reward consumers with the ability to wait, with a sublime tasting experience.

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This looks like black ink. Oak, Cassis, blackberry, spice, coffee and licorice make a beautiful perfume. In the mouth, you get a blast of ripe, black fruit with a long finish. Tannic, but the tannins are polished. I would not drink this Bordeaux wine young. But I think it will be open and offer pleasure before the 06. I hate to say it, as much as I love the 05 and I do love it, I still prefer the 03

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Opaque in color. Full bodied and concentrated with mountains of ripe dark berries, licorice, cassis, spice and tannin. The tannins are not as ripe or polished as those found in the 2003. The wine does not appear to share the same levels of complexity as the 2003 either. Make no mistake, this is outstanding, but if you could only have one, grab the 2003.

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2005 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc  (Bordeaux) 90

The debut vintage for the estates white from the team at Cos is tough to find, and expensive too, with a production of close to 100 cases. Fresh, zippy, lemon, grapefruit, honeysuckle and green apple notes are complicated by vanilla and stone. This is probably drinking at close to full maturity. The wine was produced from a blend of 72% Sauvignon Blanc and 28% Semillon.

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2004 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 92

Showing maturity of color, the Asian spice, tobacco, wet earth, forest and cassis scented profile pairs well with the soft, polished, spicy berries in this classically styled vintage. Drink now, or age it for more softness and complexity. The wine has clearly improved in the bottle.

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The perfume starts off with a touch of oak and hints of black fruit, coffee and spice. Already starting to open, this is a Cos that will drink well young. Give it 3 to 5 years in the cellar and it will improve.

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2003 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 97

Just a beauty. With about 1 hour in the decanter, the aromatic profile, with its Asian spice, smoke, thyme, blackberry and earthy essence popped. The wine is full-bodied, rich, opulent and sensuous. While this is drinking great today, the wine improved in the glass, so it is going to get better with more time.

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This consistently shows great every time I taste it, and last night was no exception. The wine is rich, opulent, sensuous and silky. The wine is concentrated, full bodied and lushly textured. The ripe tannins and soft, but there is structure to age and develop. The fruit is ripe, sweet, fleshy and flashy. There is no touch of heat, or jam, just perfectly ripe Cabernet Sauvignon that once it gets going, it doesn't quit. The sexy finish is a knockout! The bottle showed this well with no decanting. Although, I would decant this show stopper for 30 minutes or so, if we had an extra decanter.

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This is really a super wine. The tannins are more than soft enough to make this fun to drink now. It's halfway between the primary and secondary stage, the fruit is opulent, sweet and exotic. Pop a cork and you'll be happy, or age it another 5 years to enhance its development.

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One of the younger tasting, top wines from the Medoc in 2003, the showy nose offered black and blue fruits, tobacco, earth, chocolate, hints of jam, spice and espresso bean. Full bodied, concentrated, lush, round and opulent, the tannins are smooth, the rich texture is velvety and the mouth filling finish is layered with ripe, juicy fruits. The wine was splash decanted and served right away. An hour or so would have added more to the experience. Still young, you can drink it now, or age it for another 3-5 years.

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Supple, rich and lush, this easy to drink, concentrated beauty has it all, with its elegant, silky textures, showy perfume and long finish.

8122 Views   Tasted 98

Explosive notes of truffle, cedar chest, minerality, smoke, mint, tobacco leaf, coffee, licorice, plum and black cherry. The wine offers massive concentration with perfect balance, harmony and charm. With textures of silk and velvet, your palate is coated with sweet, ripe black and red fruits that remain for close to 60 seconds. If you enjoy great wines that are starting to open, pop a bottle now. If you want to wait, it’s only going to get better and better!

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Powerful and intense, with ripe dark berries, oak, cassis, leaf and tobacco, the wine is long, fresh, rich and mouth filling. I’d give this a few more years for the tannins to soften and allow more of the lush, rich exotic quality to shine through

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Asian spice, smoke, licorice, cassis, blackberry, forest floor, plum and spice box pop from the glass with minimal effort. Lush, dense, concentrated and mouthfilling, the wine builds with layers of ripe, fruit. There is power, as well as refinement. Still young, if you have a case, pop a bottle. If you want to wait, this sublime effort can only get better. This bottle was popped and poured. Some time in the glass or decanter would have added to the experience.

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Still deep ruby in color, tobacco, cigar box, Cuban cigar, roasted blackberries, truffle, gravel, spice and smoky aromatics are easy to find. Rich, lush, silky, luxurious and loaded with deep, sensuous textures of perfectly, ripe black fruit, the wine builds on your palate for close to 60 seconds! Hold it for another 5 years and drink it over the next several decades.

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Blending 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, intense aromas packed with Asian spice, truffle, cassis, incense, earth and fresh blackberries lead you to a rich, plush, concentrated wine that ends with a big wave of perfectly ripe, spicy, dark berries and minerality. The long, clean, pure finish has no hard edges. This is not close to mature, but if you have a case, it's a good time to taste a bottle. It's starting to deliver a lot of pleasure.

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Deep ruby in color, the complex perfume is packed with Asian spice, minerality, crème de cassis, forest floor, smoke and tobacco scents in the aromatics. In the mouth, this powerful wine is refined and silky. It’s pure, intense and concentrated with spicy, blackberry and sweet dark fruits. Your palate is washed over with incredible layers of fresh fruit. The long finish is filled with roasted, spicy black and red fruits. There is not a hard edge or hair out of place in the seamless finish. This is showing well and will only get better over the next several decades. This is a serious wine that is worth looking at in today’s marketplace. As prices for 2010 Bordeaux are much more money and this is a better wine, if you have the funds, this is the wine to buy. When fully mature, I imagine my score could look stingy!

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Opaque, ruby in color with smoke, ripe boysenberry, cassis, tobacco spice, licorice and fresh espresso. In the mouth, this is full-bodied, intense, sweet, pure, powerful and harmonious. The long, blackberry liqueur finish is further complicated by cassis, licorice and spice characteristics with mouth-coating, opulent textures and a finish that lasts alomst one full minute!

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Regardless of how often I taste this almost perfect Bordeaux wine, I am always pleased as it truly delivers the goods. The wine is inky, pitch black in color. The expressive perfume explodes with spice, mocha, earth, mineral and cassis notes. Dense, intense and very concentrated. The fruit flows over your palate with layers of silk and chocolate. This is a very intense tasting experience. The finish lasts :50! Jean Guillaume does not agree, but for my palate and money, this is the Cos to buy and cellar. It is First Growth in quality.

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Black as the midnight sky. Completely inky in color. This huge Bordeaux wine is concentrated with countless layers of rich, ripe, spicy black fruit and incense. The wine fills every taste receptor in your mouth. Very plush, polished, sexy and exotic. Will age for decades. The finish lasts over sixty seconds! The memories of tasting wines like this last a lot longer.

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If you're seeking a Bordeaux wine that has it all, look no further. Your search is over. Inky black, purple in color. Complex aromatic and unbelievable levels of thick, dense, concentrated perfectly ripe fruit. This wine pours over your palate in layer after layer of pleasure. Absolutely compelling! This is one of those wines you never get tired of tasting because each sip gives you something new to experience. When this wine matures, it will develop into a legendary bottle of Bordeaux. Yes, Cos has gone up in price, but, the quality has dramatically ratcheted up as well. Cos D'Estournel not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. This is First Growth in quality.

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2002 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 94

With an hour of air, cedar wood, cassis, forest aromas, tobacco wrapper and peppery spices unfurl, once the wine hit the glass. On the palate, the wine is close to full bodied, with soft tannins and round textures. The finish shows off a citrus note on top of the slightly, spiced, fresh cassis. With another hour of air, the wine filled out, adding truffle, smoke and licorice. This is starting to drink quite well, however another year or even a few more years will add more nuance and softness. But this is not a wine to make old bones, so I'm planning on drinking my remaining bottles over the next decade, or so.

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This could be the wine of the vintage. There is ample depth, sweetness of fruit, silky tannins and a regal character with notes of dark chocolate, boysenberries and spice in the finish. Decanted 30 minutes, the wine got better and better as it built up steam. Yes, if you want to picky, there is a touch of grit in the finish, but there is such a beautiful wealth of quality to the fruit, I did not care. And due to the weakness of the vintage, the wine sells for a song, compared to the top vintages of COS. This is not a wine to invest in, but it's definitely a wine to drink.

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Filled with licorice, cocoa, spice, earth, cassis and blackberry, this subtle wine sneaks up on you with 20-30 minutes of air. The tannins soften, the wine fleshes out and the textures gain silkier characteristics. This is an outstanding wine and because the vintage has a mixed reputation, for Cos, the wine is priced fairly. Drink it for pleasure now, or age it for more complexity.

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Forward in style, this began showing well after 30 minutes in the glass. Round in texture, with ripe, spicy blackberry, cassis, earth and tobacco, it was already a pleasure to drink. It has the stuffing to improve, but if you have more than a few bottles, there is no reason to wait.

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Ruby colored offering a full, rich mouth of juicy Cabernet, chocolate, spice and cassis. Full bodied and sillky, this does not show signs of under ripeness found in other wines from the vintage.

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2001 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 92

Medium-bodied, elegant, soft, round and polished, you find espresso, vanilla, smoke, licorice and ripe, sweet cherries on the nose and palate. The finish leaves with you ripe, fresh, lush red fruits wrapped in coffee beans. Drink it now, or age it a few more years, either way, it is quite nice.

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2000 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 94

Still on the oaky side, with a strong sense of espresso, you also find smoke, coffee bean, truffle, licorice and ripe, juicy black cherries and plum. Full-bodied, richly textured, polished and soft on the palate, the fruit tastes and feels great. But the oak influence at this stage is worrisome, as it needs to better integrate.

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This elegant, sophisticated charmer keeps getting better and better. The tannins have softened, the wine has filled out, the nose continues increasing in secondary complexities and the palate presence, with its lush, silky, polished, fresh berries, dark chocolate, ripe, juicy, sweet blackberries, cassis and exotic spice component really offers great drinking today. This has turned out to be a really fine wine. In time, it could prove to be even better!

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Cassis, iron, coffee and spices in the nose. Full bodied and elegantly styled, this does not have the richness or concentration found in the wine being produced at COS today.

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1999 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 88

Medium-bodied and past its best days, the fruit is sliding into the tart, bright, stern, crisp red berry side with an herbal edge. The nose, which is the best part of the wine offers earthy, tobacco, cedar, leaf and red fruits. This is not a wine to hold hoping for better days.

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1998 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 90

Fully developed, medium-bodied, bright and fresh, with a spicy nuance and a herbaceous streak that runs through the palate and nose of this crisp, slightly reticent red berry-filled wine.

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1996 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 94

The aromatics capture the wines mature essence with its earthy wet forest floor, tobacco leaf, cigar box and bright red fruits. There is lift in the fruit, coupled with a leafy, red berry assortment in the finish. This is probably close to fully mature, where it should remain for at least 15 or more years before entering its slow decline.

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The nose is already developed, as you find smoke, tobacco, cigar wrapper, cassis and a touch of green. But it's easy to move past the green notes, as there is so much to like about this wine. Full bodied, concentrated, and loaded with Asian spice, red fruits and wet earth. This is showing most of what it has today, but it could get better from here.

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What a difference this was compared to the previous bottle I tasted. This delicious St. Estephe produced from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot offers truffle, tobacco, wood, cassis, forest floor, Asian spice and blackberry with hints of mocha in the aromatics. Powerful, full bodied, round and classy, the wine is starting to enter maturity, ending in a long, spicy, black cherry and earthy finish. It's drinking great today, but in a few more years, it's going to be even better.

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From a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this tobacco, cassis, spice, smoke, forest floor and gravel scented wine is on the lean, austere side. With hard tannins, the wine lacks elegance and charm. There is ample concentration in the wine, and a long cassis finish, but it's just not my style of Cos d'Estournel. With time, it might soften, but I would not bet on it. Fans of traditional styled Bordeaux wine might like this more than I did. I will need to try another bottle of this wine again in the near future to see if this was a poor showing of a specific bottle, or if the wine has not developed well.

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This combines sex appeal with power. It's a large scaled wine filled with ripe, spicy, black fruit. The tannins are round, allowing it to already show nicely. I'll hold mine for at least another decade.

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Dark with a purple hue. Tobacco, cigar ash, herbs, cassis, fruit and minerals took over your nasal senses while the palate enjoyed the deep, ripe black fruit. This, dense, full-bodied wine was very tannic. Needs time.

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1995 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 91

Still quite firm in nature, as many 95 Bordeaux wines are, the wine is better on the nose with its deep boquet of cedar, wet earth, spice, red fruits and herbs. Bright and crisp, as well as somewhat strict steely and austere, this is much better for lovers of old-school classic Bordeaux.

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Better than I remembered it, (Time has helped the wine) with a spicy, earthy, herbal, tobacco, cassis and blackberry character. Full bodied, tanninc, and with a notable tapenade flavor in the cranberry and cassis finish.

4648 Views   Tasted 91

Old school, rustic style of Bordeaux that is filled with cedar wood, spice, herbs, tobacco and green leafy aromas. Hard and austere, a friend called it lean, green and mean. I would not agree, but it's definitely tough, tannic and drying. Fans of so called, "Classic Bordeaux Wine" will probably enjoy it a lot more than I did.

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Hard in style, lean, mean and a little green. Firm tannins and a rustic style do not bode well for this wines future.

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1990 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 94

Fully mature, this is really showing all it has to offer at the moment. The tobacco, ash, cigar box, cherry and 5 spice nose brings you to the classic combination of cedar and cassis. Full bodied, soft and with its tannins fully integrated, this classic is ready to go.

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Tobacco, earth, cassis, cinnamon and forest floor scents lead the way to a full bodied, concentrated Bordeaux wine. Showing more power than previous bottles, with a bit more of an austere side as well, the wine seems to be taking on masculine qualities in its texture and personality. The wine ends with a black plum, cassis and tapenade finish. There is no hurry to drink it, but the wine might be losing a bit of its charm as it continues to age.

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Scents redolent of dried leaves, blackberries, wood, smoke and tea. Opulent on the palate. But, slightly light in the mouthfeel. The silky finish has some dry tones and lasts about :30. This wine is fully mature. I would not purchase it for cellaring. If you own it, drink it over the next 5 years.

4126 Views   Tasted 92

Already accessible with its copious levels of ripe, sweet, elegant, soft black fruit, truffle and incense. Round and opulent in style, this plummy, silky wine will deliver ample pleasure for at least another decade or more.

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1989 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 89

Ruby colored with bricking around the edges, the wine is very spicy, with scents of cinnamon, truffles, earth, cassis, and minerals. The wine is traditionally styled, giving it an austere quality. The fruit is not as rich as it was and is slowly starting to fade. Drink soon.

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1988 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 88

The color was definitely bricking. This earthy scented wine was light on the fruit in the nose and palate. Hints of under ripeness. The finish was chalky and not very interesting. This has already started to fade.

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1986 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 90

Like many Bordeaux wines from 1986, this is a tough, hard, style of wine that some people love, while others will find it difficult to enjoy. And of course there are also tasters that recognize this is not their style of wine, but it has a wealth of fruit. Count me in as a charter member of group number 3. Does it have enough fruit to outlast the tannins before maturity? It will take at least 10-20 years more time to find. The wine offers massive concentration from ripe fruit. Butt the wine lacks elegance and charm. It's a beast. For me, while I get the depth of flavor, at the end of the day, it was not a lot of fun to drink.

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This a hard, tannic styled wine. Like many 86 Bordeaux, this traditional, austere wine will last for decades, but will the fruit remain?

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Beefy, brawny masculine and tannic. Austere style of wine that lacks charm. This will live forever, but it's not my style of wine.

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1985 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 92

Packed with tobacco, cedar, smoke, spicy red fruits and cigar box aromatics, the wine is medium/full bodied, with a finish that marries cassis, black fruits and cranberry. While there is no hurry to drink well stored bottles, this is fully mature.

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Earth, tobacco, spice, cassis and cranberry, this medium bodied wine is starting to lose its fruit and charm. Better on the nose than the palate, with a lean, cranberry and cassis finish, this was better a few years ago. I'd drink this now, before it continues dropping fruit.

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This elegantly styled wine offers a lot of charm. Plums, tobacco, Asian spice and forest floor aromas tempt you. Light in style and fully mature, it's a softer style of COS.

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1983 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 90

1983 Cos d'Estournel offered light scents of earth, dark cherries, cassis, cedar and forest floor. Medium/full bodied, this fully mature wine ends with a spice and cassis sensation.

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1982 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 96

Just a super bottle of this wine. It was so good, I am tempted to give it another point for all its gorgeous floral notes that compliment the spicy, sweet, deep red fruits, wet earth and forest aromatics. Soft on the palate, the wine is concentrated, with lift and sweetness in the finish. Fully mature, there is no hurry to drink it, if the wine has been well-stored.

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This bottle was about as good as it's going get, and it rocked! Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and deep, on the nose, you find wet earth, Asian spice, tobacco and bright red fruits. The finish, which maintains a backbone is loaded with ripe, earthy, tobacco-laden cherries and spice. Popped and poured, a short, splash decant is all that's needed here.

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This is showing great. The nose, with its spicy cassis, blackberry, wet earth, tobacco and forest notes can win anyone over. On the palate, the wine is even better! Full bodied, round, fresh and bold, you find a big, juicy mouthful of ripe, sweet and spicy cassis. 20 minutes in the decanter was all this needed to wake up. The wine is mature, but if your bottle has been perfectly stored in a cold cellar, or if it's in a large format, it could improve. That being said, if you have a few bottles in your cellar and haven't popped a cork in a while, what are you waiting for?

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Robust, and full bodied, with cigar box, tobacco leaf, red fruits and Asian spice on the nose. ,The wine is concentrated, long, bright and with firm tannins. Popped and poured, this is still young, but it is drinking great today. So, if you have more than a few bottles pop a cork!

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Loved it. Spicy, fresh, concentrated and displaying its tobacco, cedar wood, exotic spice, smoke, cassis, blackberry and wet earth character with little effort. Long in the mouth and the finish, this is really showing its all today. This is perhaps one of the best examples of the wine I recall tasting.

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With little effort, the tobacco, cassis, cedar wood, smoke, licorice and barbecue aromas are in the forefront of the wine. The perfume couples well with the full bodied, concentrated, masculine, slightly firm, classically styled character. The finish ends with a long, fresh, cassis spice and slightly herbal sensation.

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What a super wine! With its tobacco, cassis, wet earth, blackberry and cigar box nose to start, the wine got even better when it slides down your palate, finishing with earthy, fresh, spicy berries. At close to 33 years of age, this is the best place to find this. While there is no hurry to drink a well stored bottle, if you have one, and you are in the mood to pop a cork, there is no reason to wait.

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Served double blind, I jumped on 1982 Left Bank Bordeaux. However, the seductive quality of this specific bottle did not allow me to consider Cos d’Estournel. Silky, rich, smoky, tobacco, black currant, earth and cedar wood and a long, complex, elegant style won me over. At 30, this is drinking great today.

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Its blackberry filled, tobacco, earth, mushroom and Asian spice aromatics make a complex perfume. Built in an old school style, with good concentration, but with a hint of green in the finish was a pleasure to taste. This is fully mature and while there is no hurry to drink it, there is probably nothing much to be gained by waiting either.

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This wine is thick, rich and gets more interesting with each sip. Concentrated and deep with buckets of cassis, spice, blackberry and earth in the nose, this sublime finishes with a blast of spicy, black fruit.

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Cassis, lead pencil, coffee, spice and cedar wood scents. This is dense, full bodied and concentrated. The palate is filled with ripe, black fruits offering a long, deep finish.

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Ruby colored with slight bricking. Elements of cassis and dark fruits, spice, oak, hay, tobacco, and smoke were intoxicating. This full-bodied wine is dense as well as very balanced and complex. Very concentrated. The only minor drawback was a slight bitter note in the long, intense finish, which lasted close to 60 seconds!

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This was so youthful, I thought it was a 90. The color is a dark purple with only a hint of lightening at the rim. The perfume gives cassis, lead pencil, coffee and cedar wood scents. This is a very dense, full bodied and extremely concentrated wine. The palate is filled with ripe black fruits and a long finish.

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1979 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 85

Light in color, the fruit in this medium bodied, spicy wine has already started to fade. Drink up.

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1966 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 90

With wines older than 15 or more years, it's always a gamble. With wines that are 50 years of age, it's a crap shoot. But we got lucky because this bottle was the best example I've ever tasted. Splash decanted to remove the sediment, the medium bodied wine offered sweet red fruits, exotic spices, cigar box and tobacco on the nose. Medium bodied, with a fresh quality to the soft, red berries and cassis, there was a beautiful old school charm in all the best ways that carried through the finish.

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I really hope it was this specific bottle, because this bottle was cleary fading, leaving more acidity than fruit.

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It's always a nice surprise when a wine shows better than expected. I did not have much hope for the wine, as Cos d'Estournel was not at its peak in the 1960's. Tobacco, earth, spice, cassis and fresh herbs started off the perfume. Medium bodied and combing the patina of age with the refinement of old school Bordeaux wine in texture, this offered a charming tasting experience.

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Already showing its age. This had nice, mature, tobacco, cassis and truffle Bordeaux characteristics, but not a lot of depth. Drink up.

3549 Views   Tasted 85
1964 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 85

Bordeaux light, but not nearly as bad as I had expected. The nose was the best part with its tobacco, earth, gravel, red berry and spicy aromatics. Medium bodied, lacking intensity, but it offered a certain type of fully mature, Bordeaux charm in its light, red berry dominated finish. Much of the success of this bottle was clearly due to the fact that is was shared by the original owner who took care of it since release.

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1959 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 85

Just barely hanging on by a thread. The nose is all secondary aromatics, while the medium bodied palate offers a small amount of spicy, earthy red fruit, which is gone far too quickly. Not a wine I would purchase for even a birthday or anniversary year.

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1958 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 83

From a bottle with a low fill for its age, I was pleasantly surprised, as I was not expecting this to be good. Light in body, with a tea colored hue, the texture was soft, showing the patina of its age. More on the secondary leafy, earthy, tobacco side, with just a hint of red fruits remaining , well stored examples could be even better.

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1955 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 88

The fill was almost at the cork. The cork was not branded. I expect the wine was recorked at some point by Nicholas cellars. This was not riveting, but it was a nice perfectly mature claret with tobacco, trffle, smoke, spice, earth, forest floor and ash scents. Not much fruit could be found in the soft, lightweight finish.

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1953 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 89

Spice, tobacco, forest floor, leaf, earth, gravel and sweet cherry aromas open to a medium/bodied, soft, red berry and spice filled finish. This wine requires drinking.

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1939 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 65

This was slightly past, slightly past its prime. At the same dinner, we also tasted the only NV bottling of COS I will ever see. It blended 63 & 64 together. This was also slightly past, slightly past it's prime. But it was interesting tasting a wine you know you'll never see again.

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1929 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 90

Even at 90 years of age, this still has a lot to offer. Light in body, the wonderful nose was filled with Asian spice, flowers, tobacco leaf and fresh white, crisp cherries. With soft, silky textures, but not much weight, the wine retains some sweetness in the lifted red fruits found in the finish.

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1904 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 75

Tasting bottled history is always a treat. It allows you to look back at the events of the day, that in this case too place 110 years ago! Theodore Roosevelt was president, the Panama Canal was about to be built and the first subways in Manhattan began operation. On to the wine, light brick in color, the nose was more interesting with its Asian spice, 5 spice and shar cherry personality than the palate, which was tart, bright and acidic. But this was 110 years old, which was to be expected. This was tasted from a bottle that still held the original cork. Not decanted, the wine was popped and served. Regardless of the score, this was a rare treat we will all remember tasting.

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