2009 Château Cos d'Estournel
This is amazing as always with layers of fruit and firm, velvety tannins. Full body, incredible depth of fruit and length. Currants, raspberries and Indian spices. It goes on for minutes. A monumental Cos. Greatest ever from here. Better in five years, but amazing. Read more
This is amazing as always with layers of fruit and firm, velvety tannins. Full body, incredible depth of fruit and length. Currants, raspberries and Indian spices. It goes on for minutes. A monumental Cos. Greatest ever from here. Better in five years, but amazing.
What a fabulous nose of currants, raspberries and Indian spices. Nutmeg and clover. Full-bodied, with an amazing precision and superb compacted fruit. Endless. Laser guided. Shows such intensity. Decadent and rich and changing all the time. Mystical wine. Dense, yet agile. More refined than when I tasted it in November in Hong Kong. Try in 2018.
Classic Cos with so much spice and fruit, yet refined and sexy. Powerful with super silky tannins. Full bodied, yet incredibly compacted. This is so tight and rich with layers of fruit and tannins and a finish that last for minutes on the palate. I asked the head of Cos, Jean-Guillaume Prats, what the alcohol on the wine was, and he said 14.8% alcohol and 3.58 pH. Fab. Try after 2021.
A very bold, ripe and complex wine with excellent concentration and a warm, engaging personality (cinnamon and allspice) that's hard to resist. With aeration a hint of dried fruit character emerges. Massive, yet polished finish. It’s been rated 100 in the past. We will see. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)
This shows why everyone loves the vintage. Features a gorgeous display of perfectly melded plum, red currant and blackberry fruit that flows beautifully over very creamy tannins. Still nearly all fruit, with flecks of warm stone and iron on the finish. This could easily sit in this phase for some time, but will be hard to resist. Totally modern and beautifully done.--Non-blind Cos-d'Estournel vertical (December 2015). Best from 2020 through 2040. 20,830 cases made.
Intense, pureed damson fruit aromas remind me of its impact at En primeur, although then it was a little overblown. The terroir is starting to come through now, but the fruit still feels a touch overripe and overly concentrated, not enabling the juiciness that the clay soils of St-Estèphe should be highlighting. It's still extremely young with a great life ahead of it, so this is one to put away for a while longer and give that terroir more of a chance to exert itself over the vintage character.
This was/is a 100 point Parker wine. Homogenisation of grand Bordeaux estates for style might be the next big thing. Crushed peanut shell oak character, black currant fruit character, choc-berry, mocha dusting. Red currants, briar, massive, rich, ripe. Full throttle – big fleshy, flashy style, thick set, muscular. Punchy, powerful but maturing quickly in fleshing out and getting a bit sloppy. Oafish and ripe. Will win many fans for big ballsy style, but not for me, feels cynical and reactive to critical appraisal. Really has no sense of place or variety, has a concentration and intensity that feels very ‘international’, albeit pretty good in that way.
- Producer: Château Cos d'Estournel
- Varietal: Red Blend
- Region: Bordeaux
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2009
Style GuideLight Intense
A very bold, ripe and complex wine with excellent concentration and a warm, engaging personality (cinnamon and allspice) that's hard to resist. With aeration a hint of dried fruit character emerges. Massive, yet polished finish. It’s been rated 100 in the past. We will see. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019) James Suckling 98 Points
Cos d'Estournel: a singular identity As one journeys north of the Medoc, along the winding road, the majestic pagodas of Cos d’Estournel rise like a captivating mirage. The residence of the Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe never ceases to astonish. This palace, a veritable temple to wine, was envisioned by its founder, Louis-Gaspard d’Estournel. When he inherited a few hectares of vineyards in 1791, his vision extended beyond mere acquisition. Driven by an unshakable belief in the extraordinary potential of the terroir, this man of discerning taste and adventurous spirit gained international renown. Much like his wine—enchanting and elegant, yet imbued with spice and power—he chose to be himself in a world of convention, embracing his distinctiveness and steadfastly making his own choices. Under the ownership of Michel Reybier since 2000, Cos d’Estournel continues its journey, navigating the fine line between audacity and humility. Every decision carries an element of risk, guided by a visionary philosophy that Louis-Gaspard himself would applaud. The meticulous division of the vineyards into individual plots pushed to their zenith, a relentless pursuit of innovation within the winery, a dedication to beauty and excellence in a realm steeped in understated elegance—these are the legacies of Louis-Gaspard, perpetuated by its current owner.
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