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1996 Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - St Estephe - Red - Second Growth

France - Bordeaux - St Estephe

Red Bordeaux Blend - Second Growth
Producer Notes

Classified as a Second Growth Bordeaux estate, Chateau Cos d'Estournel is without doubt, one of the top producers in the St. Estephe appellation, producing complex and intense, full-bodied wines. The chateau is often referred to as "super second," meaning that it produces wines at a quality nearing that of the First Growth houses. Cos d'Estournel wines contain a large amount of Merlot (40%), one... More »

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Comm: 2007-2018

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 84
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Source Jancis Robinson
Author marv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.859%
Tasted On 06/25/2014


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Author DartAdam
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 01/04/2013
Drink Dates 2012-2023

Stellar, outsized nose on this wine. It's drinking we'll right now, but needs a good 90 mins to open. The nose is lavishly earthy, dried cherry and some cigar box. Flavors are layered, nuanced and it is mature. It may improve with more age but I think it's good to go right now. It's a medium bodied wine with classic flavors you'd expect. A real treat!

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Author Juan K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.254%
Tasted On 06/24/2011
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Author Tato
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.608%
Tasted On 06/08/2011
Drink Dates 2006-2016
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Author Butler wan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 10/09/2010
Drink Dates 2006-2021

COLOR: Deep purple color with a slight red brick edge. NOSE: On the nose, a nice expression of the St. Estephe terrior, but much of that nice fruit bouquet and aroma has melted away. TASTE: Medium body and very balanced with silky smooth tannis, and nice length through the mid-palette. Just not much fruit left and not much complexity left either.

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Author David W294
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.758%
Tasted On 05/09/2010
Drink Dates 2009-2020
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Author Toby Thomas
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.163%
Tasted On 02/27/2010
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Author ebgreenb
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.96%
Tasted On 12/25/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2013

Lovely deep color with aromas of sweet dark fruit and a hint of tobacco and leather. Polished tannins with a long, pleasant finish and layers of flavor.

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Author Joe
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Tasted On 07/07/2009

Excellent. Young. Classic bordeaux, just entering a long drinking window. Black fruit, cigar box.

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Author stujakub
Site / Blog  Trust Rating 99.315%
Tasted On 06/29/2009

sweet fruit, a little tight with hints of blood. A nice mineral, gravelly taste with good fruit and a lasting finish.

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Author grapist
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.833%
Tasted On 01/11/2009

Decanted for over 2 hours and open in the bottle at the restaurant for another hour and a half. Elegance and character! I think this is about the peak- for this bottle anyway. Unmistakably Bordeaux. Color was good, no bricking. Fabulous nose and long finish.

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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.532%
Tasted On 11/26/2008
Drink Dates 2008

very disappointing. Strong vegetal strain (green olives?)that overpowered other flavors

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Author Steve
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.727%
Tasted On 01/21/2009

drank great, lovely with duck confit

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Author dwilson
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.917%
Tasted On 07/18/2007
Drink Dates 2010-2030

Black pepper, leather, cured meats, game, and a red currant note not present in '96 Calon Segur and Montrose. Also a bit of barnyard funk/brett compared to those wines. Seems almost rustic alongside '96 Montrose.

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Author Spike
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 78.333%
Tasted On 08/12/2008
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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.414%
Tasted On 08/12/2008
Drink Dates 2003-2015

Double-decanted for about an hour. Big bouquet upon re-opening, but did not give up much in the way of flavor. Retained much of its typical St.-Estephe toughness, but after about an additional hour in decanter began to come around, with dark and minerally cassis and a slight hint of green bell pepper. Somewhat reserved but classy. I would be willing to try another bottle.

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