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Cos d'Estournel Saint Estephe Grand Cru Classe 2016 EN PRIMEUR

Cos d'Estournel Saint Estephe Grand Cru Classe 2016 EN PRIMEUR

by Cos d'Estournel 2016

Producer : Cos d'Estournel

Region : Bordeaux (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The 2016 Cos d'Estournel takes the 2016 baton and runs with it. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 26 September and 15 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare, this fabulous Saint Estèphe will be matured in 60% new oak. The alcohol level this year is 13.07%, which proprietor Michel Reybier reminded me is almost 1.5% lower than in 2010. This is clearly a more classically styled Cos d'Estournel that is completely different than say, the 2009 Cos d'Estournel and the more flamboyant, exotic wines in recent years. It actually bears more stylistic similarities to its neighbor Montrose. It is extremely detailed with blackberry and a touch of boysenberry, the fruit almost "creeping up" on you by stealth and then underneath, an undertow of minerals, wet limestone and even flint. The palate has astonishing: exquisite balance, perhaps the most precise and detailed Cos d'Estournel that I have encountered in many years of tasting at this address. It segues into a Pauillac-like second-half with veins of graphite strafing the black fruit, but what marks this Cos d'Estournel is the palpable energy and tension allied with an effortless nature. The persistence, the reverberation in the mouth is quite magnificent, perhaps even longer on my second visit to the property compared to the first. It really is a brilliant Cos d'Estournel that oozes class and sophistication, moreover, a wine that is going to give serious amounts of drinking pleasure over a very long period of time. Boom—and Cos drops the mic. Tasted twice, almost three weeks apart, with consistent notes."

98-100 points - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, April 2017

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Cos d'Estournel
Region Bordeaux (France), France (France)
Alcohol 13% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 1% Cabernet Franc, 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $1, 794.00

The Producer

Cos d'Estournel

Château Cos d'Estournel is a winery in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. It is also the name of the red wine produced by this property. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

Château Cos d'Estournel produces the eponymous grand vin, the second wine since the 1994 vintage, Les Pagodes de Cos from the estate's younger vines, as well as Château Marbuzet from fruit of nearby plots. The property is adjacent to Château Lafite-Rothschild in the neighbouring commune of Pauillac.

From a 100 hectare estate, the vineyard area extends 70 hectares (170 acres), divided into 30 parcels, primarily composed of the grape varieties of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, with minor cultivation of Cabernet Franc and Petit verdot that appears to participate little in the modern production. The annual production is typically 32,000 cases.

Cos wines tend to have a higher blend of Merlot than other classified Left Bank wines.

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