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  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    From 2020
  • 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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Ruby. Scented, blueberries, blackberries and cassis, fruit driven nose, touch of minerals. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, spices, fairly nuanced, elegant structure and expression, long. 13,4% alcohol in Cos this year. 93-95

 

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Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with ripe fruit, ripe plums, black cherries and hints roasted coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Almost smoky character in the background. On the palate well structured, rich fruit with juicy character, ripe tannins with good density, excellent length.
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Deep colour. Dark berry cassis, pastille like aromas with herb garden ginger spice notes. Fresh supple inky wine with cassis fruit, fine muscular but precise tannins. Finishes firm but the fruit has outstanding persistency. Al dente finish. Lovely precision, muscular drive and mineral length. 13.4 alcohol 96 points 
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Origin

St-Estèphe, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Investment potential

Below Average

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Cos d'Estournel 2015  ( Château Cos d'Estournel )

Ruby. Scented, blueberries, blackberries and cassis, fruit driven nose, touch of minerals. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, spices, fairly nuanced, elegant structure and expression, long. 13,4% alcohol in Cos this year. 93-95

 

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Cos d'Estournel 2015  ( Château Cos d'Estournel )

"Deep colour. Dark berry cassis, pastille like aromas with herb garden ginger spice notes. Fresh supple inky wine with cassis fruit, fine muscular but precise tannins. Finishes firm but the fruit has outstanding persistency. Al dente finish. Lovely precision, muscular drive and mineral length. 13.4 alcohol 96 points "

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 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Cos d'Estournel 2015  ( Château Cos d'Estournel )

"Cos D’Estournel Saint Estephe - 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 23% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc - 13.4% Alcohol
Quite deep colour, Lovely aromatics here, exotic, almonds, spicy, impressive and elegant, lovely fine palate, silky, almost Burgundian style, lighter in colour than some, less extracted, just easy and graceful wine- making, soft and generous, lovely purity, feminine. I like this, it is lighter than you might expect from this chateau, but it seems the nature of the vintage has been well respected. 93-96/100 2026-2045"

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Cos d'Estournel 2015  ( Château Cos d'Estournel )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with ripe fruit, ripe plums, black cherries and hints roasted coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Almost smoky character in the background. On the palate well structured, rich fruit with juicy character, ripe tannins with good density, excellent length. "

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