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2011 Château Cos d'Estournel (750ml)
Producer: Château Cos d'Estournel cosestournel.com
Appellation: Saint-Estèphe - Médoc - France (2ème Cru Classé)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot
Maturity: Hold
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$155.00
Related Ratings:
rated (2010 vintage, 750ml bottle) : May 26, 2011 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
95 points "Representing 55% of the production and cropped at 35 hectoliters per hectare, Cos d’Estournel’s final blend in 2010 is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and the rest tiny portions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Compared to the massive 2009 (14.6% natural alcohol), the 2010 achieved slightly less alcohol, but also a lower pH, which accounts for its more tannic, backward, huge style. An inky/purple color is accompanied by aromas of damp earth, black currants, blackberries, licorice and charcoal. Firm, thick and super-concentrated, it is another outrageously impressive wine that will require 6-10 years of cellaring. It should keep for 30+ years. It is somewhat 2005-ish in its structure and palate impression. (95-97)." Best 2013-2041
rated (2005 vintage, 750ml bottle) : June 5, 2006 , Decanter decanter.com
5 stars "Black-red, wonderful camphor spice, big, chocolatey, extraordinary expression of fruit, a true firework display on the palate, robust yet satiny, totally individual, superb effort. Drink 2012-40. (19 points)." Best 2012-2040
rated (2005 vintage, 18.0l bottle) : March 21, 2010 , dmarano
98 points "While I am not convinced the 2005 Cos d’Estournel will eclipse the compelling 2003 Cos, it is unquestionably another superb classic from proprietor Michel Reybier and his brilliant winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats. Made from an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) and the balance mostly Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, this superb effort requires plenty of time in the bottle. It boasts an inky/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of licorice, Asian spices, creme de cassis, blackberries, and toasty oak. This full-bodied St.-Estephe is exceptionally powerful, pure, and dense with a layered mid-palate that builds like a skyscraper. While there are massive tannins, they are remarkably velvety and well-integrated in this big, backstrapping effort that should enjoy an unusually long life. Forget it for 8-10 years, and drink it between 2017-2040. " Best 2017-2040