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  • Country ranking ?

    966
  • Producer ranking ?

    25
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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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Wine Information

An exceptional year, average quantity.

Excellent brilliance, very intense colour, still very red, with the edge slightly amber coloured. Rich, very delicate aromas which disappear on aeration because of slight evaporation, exuberant with plum and vintage cognac. Intense tannin appearing progressively and remaining full and stout. Good for drinking now but may still be kept. 1928 is one of the great vintages of the century and is surprising for its wonderful youth.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium and Ruby red

ending

Medium and Flavorful

flavors

Toasty and Smoky

nose

Complex and Fresh

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Balanced, Unbalanced, Concentrated, Medium-bodied, Weak, Round, Elegant and Dry

Written Notes

The second bottle was not as perfumed; ironically, its color was younger even though it was from the same batch. The nose was a bit more closed, purpler and danker, although Gil was in its camp at first. I thought it was shy, and perhaps a hint off (90?). If winos were football players, the above is what we would call, ‘Any Given Sunday.’
  • 90p

Tasted in November 2002. This wine displayed very ripe fruit with aromas of chocolate and cocoa. A bit tart on the palate but balance didn't suffer much. Quite elegant. A wine with fine confidence.

  • 92p
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Origin

St-Estèphe, Bordeaux

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