Château Cos d'Estournel 2011
• 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
"The 2011 Cos d’Estournel exhibits a dense ruby/purple color and sweet, toasty, oaky notes intermixed with floral and forest floor characteristics. The complex aromatics suggest this is a top success in 2011. In the mouth, the wine is slightly more compact than one would find in a great vintage, such as 2009 and 2010, but it has impressive richness for the vintage as well as light to moderate tannin and admirable purity. It will benefit from 2-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15-20 years. Only 30% of the production was utilized for Cos D’Estournel, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (4/29/2014, Issue 212), Ratings: 91, Drink: 2016-2036
"Powerful, very rich and very concentrated, this epitomizes the opulent style of Cos d'Estournel. A sense of extraction is overwhelmed by the huge, ripe fruit. It shows velvet texture at first, but then the tannins come on strongly, leaving a wine that will age over many years. Drink from 2022." - Roger Voss, The Wine Enthusiast (5/2014), Ratings: 94
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