Majestic, intense, full-bodied and tannic, Cos d’Estournel is considered the leading wine of St Estèphe. Highly tannic in its youth, over time it develops much much like the great wines of adjoining Pauillac.
The wine is typically a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, consistently displaying immense power and evident breed.
The 2009 Cos d’Estournel is one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted ... in the world! An extraordinary effort I tasted on two separate occasions, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with a dollop of Cabernet Franc has a whopping 14.5% alcohol, but a remarkably normal pH of 3.69. Kudos to Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier for this amazing wine made from yields of 33 hectoliters per hectare. It will be a legendary claret that should last for 50-60 years. A black/purple color is accompanied by aromas of graphite, ink, creme de cassis, blackberries, cedar, and incense. Full-bodied and unctuously textured, with an ethereal personality, tons of nuances, and a burgeoning complexity, it is an enormously well-endowed, fresh, perfectly balanced tour de force in winemaking. As mentioned above, it should drink well for 50-60 years. This wine possesses this vintage’s classic characteristics of enormous power, massive fruit, and extraordinary freshness and precision - largely unprecedented, particularly for Cabernet-based wines in the Medoc. 98-100/100 Robert Parker Jr.
This smells like Harlan a bit. Supercharged in fruit, with intense aromas of tar, spice, cardamon, clove, blackberry and black pepper. Crazy nose. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit, yet focused and in form. Chewy tannins, with great length. This goes on and on. Incredibly exotic. Could be best ever from here? 97-100/100 Wine Spectator
Chateau Cos d’Estournel, which has recently undergone major new cellar renovations, has produced a first Growth type wine in 2009. The vineyards lie just across the ditch from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, but the wines rarely quite reach the giddy heights of its neighbour. The Chateau is famously quirky with an exotic Indian pagoda type facade. Rather than lions or imperial Napoleonic eagles, stone pachyderms guard the entrance. The Grand Vin has an elephantine quality this year, with massive fruit and an expansive palate. Typically it is deep in colour with intense ripe cassis/ dark chocolate aromas, balanced with vanilla new oak notes. The palate is plush, dense and chocolaty with fresh cassis/ mocha/ liquorice flavours. The sheer concentration and level of extract is hugely impressive. This will last a century. For many years Cos d’Estournel has attempted to achieve a “First Growth-in-waiting” image. This year it stumps up the goods and the prices will no doubt reflect its presumptuous ambitions. 95-98/100 Andrew Caillard, MW Langton's
Saint -Estèphe, with 1,377 hectares under vine is the largest of the major Bordeaux appellations in the Medoc. Located in the most northern part of the Left Bank, on average, 585,000 cases of wine are produced each year. The soils see a rich mixture of rocks, clay, limestone and gravel that rests on the surface and of course below, deep in the terroir. Beneath the surface lies a complex blend of different soils, sub soils and terroir. Over the past several decades, the general trend in the Saint -Estèphe vineyards has been to add more Merlot, which has added a lot of softness to the tannins and the wines. Merlot works well in the appellation due to the large amount of clay found in the soils. in the appellation due to the large amount of clay found in the soils.