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2005 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 »

Score
97
JR 17.5+
IWC 96
WA 98
WS 98
Drink Dates
Comm: 2013-2035 WA: 2017-2040 WS: 2015+
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IWC 96
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

($230-$250) Good ruby-red. Knockout nose combines currant, plum, minerals, licorice and graphite. Wonderfully sweet, rich and deep, but with near-perfect balancing acidity to frame the wine's lush fruit. This superb 2005 has it all. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins and palate-saturating persistence. On my most recent visit, Prats told me he considered 2005 to be superior to the 2003, and that the '05 may be "our best wine ever."

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JR 17.5+
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2012-2022

Scored 18.5 in the Southwolds tasting of 2005 Bordeaux. Some development at the rim. Quite complex and mineral. Subtle flavours and a lovely texture. Very polished. Some tarriness. Bone dry finish.

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 176
Drink Dates 2017-2040

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.

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WS 98
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2015+

Black in color, with aromas of orange peel, new leather, currant, berry and Christmas pudding. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and a long, long finish of fruit and spices. The cashmere texture is all there.

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Author RWG III
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98%
Tasted On 02/24/2014
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Author Mini
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 66.667%
Tasted On 08/01/2013
Drink Dates 2012-2042
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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.383%
Tasted On 04/06/2013
Drink Dates 2017-2035

Powerful, dark, earthy fruit. This is going to be a great wine in time. Not very approachable now.

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Author Lawrence L
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Tasted On 12/26/2009

Beautiful dark inky color with rather muted nose with subtle aromas of violets and and faint oak or leather. i could sniff this stuff all day! full bodied wine with sweet tannins and very approachable. lovely dark fruits and a very very long finish. being so young this is truly an amazing wine! i look forward to tasting this wine again in the future to see its progression.

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Author Miguel L
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 12/27/2009
Drink Dates 2015-2035

Christmas bottle, from cellar. Decanted through Vinturi aerator, then held 2 hours. Black. Shiny. Red rim. Blackberries, black currant, oak, and noble leather. A wine that exudes confidence and even a swagger. This is a hibernating bear coaxed to show its power, and it rose from slumber to do just that. Second day was also a demonstration of breed and effortless ability to cruse at 140mph all day. It is all there for a huge future. Wait until 2015+. Also a great set-up for comparison to the new 2009 at Primeur, and the entirely new receiving line and tank room. If 2009 can hurdle this wine, we will know such extravagant investment can actually yield results a wine lover can appreciate. We shall see! (0 views)

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Author gd10102
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.795%
Tasted On 09/30/2009
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