Chateau Cos d'Estournel St. Estephe 2005

$299.99
$269.99

SKU 34845

750ml

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Dense purple colour. Wonderful notes of spices and chocolate with a great expression of the fruit. Rich and dense. Drink: 2012-2040.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Estephe
Brand Chateau Cos d'Estournel
Alcohol/vol 13.85%
  • wa98

Wine AdvocateWhile 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.

Robert Parker, April 2008
  • ws98

Wine SpectatorBlack 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. 2003 plus 2000 equals 2005. Best after 2015. 25,000 cases made.

James Suckling, March 31, 2008
  • we97

Wine EnthusiastSaint-Estèphe has a reputation for tannins, and this 2005 Cos lives up to that. But it does much more, because the tannins add richness along with intensely ripe black fruits, dark plums and figs. The dense tannins are finely balanced with fresh acidity, and a long-lasting aftertaste. Impressive.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2008

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