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  • Country ranking ?

    2 139
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • 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 1990

This is a report from the 1990 vintage.

With regard to the amount, 1990 was a huge vintage. In the 1980s, records were beaten year after year. It is, however, a mistake to believe that vintages were enormous everywhere in Bordeaux. The most ambitious wineries decreased their production with green harvesting and strict choice. Thus, the number of bottles entering the market under the name Grand Vin was often notably smaller than in 1982.
The summer was one of the warmest and driest of all times, and as regards other weather conditions, the year was trouble free. The market hardly believed that there was another super vintage maturing in the barrels. At first, the interest was small, partly due to the depression and partly because the stocks were still full of the good vintages of 1980s. This led to an almost 20 per cent drop in prices compared to the en-primeur trade of 1989. Whoever bought then can be considered lucky, because the wines have developed magnificently.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Mature

ending

Long, Smooth and Gentle

flavors

Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Toasty, Smoky, Cedar and Leather

nose

Open, Pure, Complex and Seductive

taste

Average in Acidity, Complex, Developing, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Vigor, Elegant, Dry and Silky tannins

Written Notes

The Cos can be excellent, and no one love Cos more than me. While La Mission should be considered a First Growth already, Cos would be the first second knocking at the door. However, this bottle, while still excellent, was less thrilling than other ’90 Cosses (how does one pluralize that?) that I have had.
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Origin

St-Estèphe, Bordeaux

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Cos d'Estournel 1990  ( Château Cos d'Estournel )

"The Cos can be excellent, and no one love Cos more than me. While La Mission should be considered a First Growth already, Cos would be the first second knocking at the door. However, this bottle, while still excellent, was less thrilling than other ’90 Cosses (how does one pluralize that?) that I have had. "

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