About the Wine
Cos d'Estournel is a second-growth winery in the 1855 Grand Cru Classification. The wines are considered some of the most well-produced in Saint-Estephe. Cos d'Estournel's terroir is impeccable; this property is located only 1 mile away from the world-renowned Château Lafite Rothschild.
This wine was awarded a nearly-perfect 99-point score and 3 times a 98-point review by some of the best wine critics in the world. It's an impeccably refined wine with an everlasting finish that will tantalize your senses as it dances across your palate. Here's your opportunity to discover what has the critics buzzing!
Born in 1762 during the reign of Louis XV and died in1853 under Napoleon III, at the remarkable age of 91, Louis Gaspard d'Estournel had one sole passion: Cos. Having inherited a few vines near the village of Cos, he recognized, in 1811, the quality of their wine and decided to vinify them separately. Very rapidly, Cos d'Estournel's wine exceeded the prices of the most prestigious wines and was exported as far as India. In 1852, overwhelmed with debts he had accumulated in order to extend and beautify his estate, Louis was obliged to sell Cos to a London banker called Martyns. Château Cos d’Estournel has belonged to Michel Reybier since 2000. Mr. Reybier’s objective has been to uphold the château’s high standards and constant quest for excellence while at the same time continuing the avant-garde style initiated by Louis Gaspard d’Estournel.
In the old Gascon language, the word 'Cos' means 'The Hill of Pebbles'. And as a matter of fact, the hill of Cos, which is situated on the banks of the Gironde, is an impressive accumulation of Quaternary gravel wrested from the distant mountains of the Massif Central and the Pyrenees and laid on Saint-Estèphe's limestone bed when the primeval river receded. Shaped into well-drained slopes by erosion, these exceptionally deep layers of gravel are a true geological curiosity and also one of the world's most precious terroir, for it forces the old vines planted on its heights to thrust their roots into the arid soil.
Tasting Notes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.
This is so aromatic with blackcurrants, black berries and raspberries. Pure fruit, together with coffee and nutmeg. Really fresh and clean with bright spices. Full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with fantastic structure. So long. This is a great Cos for the cellar. A real benchmark for the true character. Needs at least five or six years to open and come around. ~99 James Suckling, #40 Top 100 Wines of 2022
Dark ruby garnet, opaque core, violet reflections, delicate edge lightening. Inviting black heart cherries, delicate blackberries, cassis and a hint of liquorice. Nuances of precious wood are highlighted. Juicy and elegant, good complexity, fresh, also blackberries on the palate, integrated tannins, spicy finish, some nougat, firm finish, a wine with charm and potential, very harmonious, already approachable, mineral notes and lingers for a very long time. Once again number one in St. Estephe. ~99 Falstaff
The nose is harmonious, beautifully balanced, racy and offers a very beautiful finesse of the grain, richness (but full of balance), complexity as well as a beautiful fleshy/ripe fruit and finely acidulous. It reveals notes of fleshy cassis, fleshy raspberry, small notes of fleshy blackberry associated with touches of violet plum/ripe/pulpy blue fruits, cornflower, violet, racy minerality as well as hints of incense/spices/exotic spices, cocoa, very discreet hints of vanilla and a subtle iodine hint. The palate is fruity, elegant, harmonious, delicate, very beautifully balance (between finesse, power and richness), almost very discreetly tight, “complete” and offers an acidulous frame, tension, delicacy, a beautiful guideline, roundness, fat as well as a beautiful fresh and silky touch. On the palate this wine expresses notes of fleshy blackberry, fleshy/pulpy cassis, small notes of fleshy/pulpy raspberry associated with touches of wild strawberry, pulpy/juicy violet plum, fleshy sour cherry /cherry, lily as well as hints of chocolate, racy minerality/sense of the place, toasted, nutmeg, ripe almond as well as a very discreet varietal hint, cuben pepper and sugared mild tobacco. Tannins are elegant, fine and beautifully built. Sapidity and suavity on the finish. A persistence with notes of toasted/caramelized hazelnut, ripe almond, chocolate, vanilla as well as a very discreet iodine hint. A very beautiful wine, complete which offers a perfect balance between richness, finesse, power and raciness! ~99 VertdeVin
~99 The Wine Independant
Powerful and enjoyable Cos. Needs to be given time in the glass to reveal the impressively velvety texture, and the sheer depth of bitter black chocolate, black truffle and coffee notes. The tannins sit back and then build slowly to full bristling impact by the close of play. Feels extremely sophisticated, with the always-present Cos glamour. ~98 Decanter.
The 2019 Cos d'Estournel is a deep, powerful wine. That has been true on both times I have tasted it recently. Readers will have to be patient. Those who can afford it will be rewarded with a towering, statuesque Saint-Estèphe. With a bit of air, the fruit starts to emerge, but this is a very reticent Cos that does not show the opulence that it often does in its youth. Gravel, smoke, incense, tobacco and dried flowers gradually unfurl over time, hinting at a very bright future. The 2019 is impressive. That's all there is to it. ~98 Vinous.
Gone are the days when this illustrious estate produced the most powerful wine possible. This new release is stylish and packed with great black fruits. Some dark chocolate flavors add density while keeping the wine's perfume and blackberry flavors. It is impressive,likely ready to drink from 2026. ~98 Wine Enthusiast.
The 2019 Cos d'Estournel has turned out brilliantly, exhibiting aromas of minty cassis, sweet wild berries and wild plums mingled with hints of spices, loamy soil and potpourri. Full-bodied, broad and enveloping, it's polished and seamless, its ample chassis of fine, velvety tannin entirely concealed in its deep core of succulent, crunchy fruit. Beautifully integrated at this early stage, the last decade has witnessed a number of changes at this address, including a trend toward less aggressively late picking, cooler fermentations and élevage with fewer rackings and more moderate percentages of less heavily toasted new oak: in 2019, the results speak for themselves. ~97 Robert Parker.
The Grand Vin 2019 Château Cos D'Estournel checks in as 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot coming from 43 hectoliters per hectare and hitting a healthy 14% alcohol. Brought up in just 55% new French oak, it's a pretty, elegant, seamless Saint-Estèphe that has plenty of redcurrants and cassis-like fruit as well as lead pencil, graphite, and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied, it has supple, fine tannins, wonderful purity, and a classy, regal profile that will be loved by staunch traditionalists out there. Exceedingly elegant and finesse-driven, with a touch of Château Lafite-like character, I compared this wine to a more elegant version of the 2016 from barrel, but now from bottle, I think 2014 is a better comparison in its weight, balance, and just overall style. It has a silky, charming style that already offers pleasure but won't hit maturity for a good 7-8 years and will have 25+ years of prime drinking. ~96 Jeb Dunnuck.
Dark and winey, featuring black currant, fig and blackberry preserve flavors laced with a smoldering hint of cast iron, plus notes of anise, apple wood, sweet bay leaf and warm earth. The finish offers a long sanguine thread that stitches it all up. Gorgeous. ~96 Wine Spectator.
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