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  • Country ranking ?

    2 906
  • Producer ranking ?

    19
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

The call of faraway lands. As mysterious and intriguing as a lone adventurer returning from a solitary sail, Cos d’Estournel is slow to reveal itself. Little by little, it evokes stories of distant places, market stalls brimming with unfamiliar fruits, spices and wares, village festivities warmed by the joy of revelers and the setting sun, and sumptuous visions of ladies and their voluptuous curves. A myriad of scents, colors and tastes appeals to the senses. The Grand Vin of Cos d’Estournel is both demure and deliberately sensuous, a fascinating and elegant nectar.

 

The vineyard of Cos spreads around the château on 91 hectares.The Cabernet Sauvignon vines (60% of the vineyard) find the soil of their choice in the thin layers of gravely soil situated on the top and on the southern slopes of the hill. On the other hand, the Merlot vines (40% of the vineyard) excel on the eastern slopes and on the slopes where the Saint-Estephe limestone bed shows on the surface.

The percentage of Cabernet and Merlot varies from one vintage to another according to the year weather conditions, benefiting successively to the one or the other. Plantation is extremely dense (8000 to 10000 vines per hectare) and the average age of the vineyard is high (35 years old on the average) in order to enable the roots to extend excessively and to obtain a very slender yield per vine that will create the « Grand Goût »

Each vine grower is in charge of 45 000 vines on which they have got to undertake various labours every year. These cultural tasks are for most of them done manually. The harvest is of course manually picked too. And it is by hand that the grapes, once collected in special wooden baskets, will be strictly selected.

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Vintage 1961

1961 was to become the decade’s and one of the century’s most adored vintages of Bordeaux red wines

Despite a frost in March, the growing season started on time and well. The frost combined with weak pollination caused by poor weather reduced the crop volume significantly.  July’s rains gave way to drier weather in August, and September bathed Bordeaux in beautiful sunshine. The grapes were small, thick-skinned and extremely concentrated, much as they were in 1928 and 1945. However, unlike these earlier vintages, the vineyard now had at its disposal new technologies and equipment, which made it possible for the wines to be produced with greater subtlety, thus avoiding such problems as excessive tannicity. On the whole, excellent wines, both red and white, were produced in Bordeaux. Even though the vintage was a red, very good dry whites and Sauternes were also produced. The reds are eminently drinkable right now, although the Château Latour vintage will just get better with age.  Most of the 1961 vintage's good wines shared an uncommon elegance and balance, not to mention a massive rise in price in recent years. The finest wines should be decanted for at least 2-3 hours before drinking. This is also one of those rare years, during which wholesaler bottling is almost qualitatively on a par with vineyard bottling, even if the price points are not.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

15 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Brick red and Dark

ending

Medium and Metallic

flavors

Blackcurrant, Violet, Smoky, Cedar, Earthy and Tobacco

nose

Generous, Charming, Closed and Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Complex, Balanced, Concentrated, Medium-bodied, Firm, Rich, Vigor and Drying tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Fine

Written Notes

Healthy, little pale color, orange rim. Bouquet little short with aromas of tobacco, cedar wood and dried fruits. On palate stylish, with aromas of dried exotic fruits soft tannins and long finish.
  • 92p
D 2 h / G 2 h Moderately intense tawny colour. Less pronounced but very elegant nose with black currants, nuts, cedar, smoke, and hints of violets. Moderately intense on palate with mellow tannins and vivid acidity. Lacking bit of fruit while restrained flavours of tobacco and cedar dominates the moderate length. Very supple wine with finesse and elegance. Drinking superbly now, no further ageing recommended.
  • 90p

Information

Origin

St-Estèphe, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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 Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Château Cos d'Estournel 1961  ( Château Cos d'Estournel )

"Healthy, little pale color, orange rim. Bouquet little short with aromas of tobacco, cedar wood and dried fruits. On palate stylish, with aromas of dried exotic fruits soft tannins and long finish. "

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Cos d'Estournel 1961  ( Château Cos d'Estournel )

"D 2 h / G 2 h
Moderately intense tawny colour. Less pronounced but very elegant nose with black currants, nuts, cedar, smoke, and hints of violets. Moderately intense on palate with mellow tannins and vivid acidity. Lacking bit of fruit while restrained flavours of tobacco and cedar dominates the moderate length. Very supple wine with finesse and elegance. Drinking superbly now, no further ageing recommended.
"

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