Château Cos d'Estournel 2005

Château Cos d'Estournel 2005

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• Domaine: Château Cos d'Estournel
• A.O.C.: Saint-Estèphe
• Classification: Second Growth, 2ème Grand Cru Classé in 1855
• Grape Varietal: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

"The 2005 Cos d’Estournel is another great success from this property, which is owned by Michel Reybier. A superstar of St.-Estèphe in this vintage, this wine has a dense ruby/purple color, beautiful, sweet cassis and blackcurrant fruit, some floral notes, spice and a touch of oak in a full-bodied, layered, impressive multi-dimensional style. The tannins are surprisingly sweet and well-integrated, as is the acidity, alcohol and wood. This is a beauty and certainly the top wine of St.-Estèphe. Drink it over the next 25+ years." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (6/28/2015, Issue 219), Ratings: 97, Drink: 2015-2040

"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." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (4/29/2008, Issue 176), Ratings: 98, Drink: 2017-2040

 


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