Cos d'Estournel 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Estephe
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Cos d'EstournelBT1,5501,350-1,6001,62098/100NM 
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Tasting Notes

Cos is in Saint Estephe but borders Pauillac and, in particular, the vineyards of Chateau Lafite. Quality was good in the 1990's but, since the 2001 vintage, it has reached another level. In some vintages the quality level is not far from that of the first Growths. The stunning new winery is the most modern and sophisticated in all of Bordeaux, with the world's only 100% gravity cellar - no pumps used at all. Cos is now battling it out with Léoville Lascases, Ducru Beaucaillou and Palmer as the Médoc's best non-First Growth. Following the departure of Jean-Guillaume Prats the new man at the helm is Aymeric de Gironde who joined from Pichon Baron. The only problem at Cos is the en primeur pricing policy which has seen vintages not yet in bottle being offered at higher prices than those at which the consumer can buy recent mature vintages. The 2016 is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc with a modest 13% alcohol. Only 45% of the production made it into the Grand Vin this year. Blackcurrant and cedar with a little roasted coffee give the nose a classic, but ripe purity to the wine. The palate is pure with cassis and firmly-structured with plentiful ripe tannins. Exotic notes of star anise and cocoa are layered with kirsch and cassis on a long, fine finish from a pure, refined and restrained Cos that is a step up from the 2015.

Score: 17.5Farr Vintners, April 2017

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. Drink 2026 - 2065.

Score: 98/100Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

The finish is something else here. This is a wine that’s so powerful and tannic yet at the same time so polished and superb on the finish. Full-bodied, beautifully crafted and precise. This is a wine that really grabs your attention. The agility and power are more than impressive. Wow is the word.

Score: 97/98James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The beautiful 2016 Cos d'Estournel is one of the most polished, gracious young Cos d'Estournels I can remember tasting. Aromatic freshness and lift, along with a distinctly red fruit profile, are among the signatures. It will be interesting to see if this style of Cos - one in which concentration and textural richness are backed off - is the result of the vintage or an evolution in winemaking philosophy, or perhaps, as is most likely, a little bit of both.

Score: 92/95Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Inky on the nose the palate has concentrated black fruits depth of flavour. The fruit is ripe mid suppleness silky tannins purity of fruit there is enough freshness to balance and lighten harmony and although firm at the back the finish is rich, supple with ripe black fruits. 2026-41

Score: 93/96Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

“There’s a freshness in the wine and I’m not exactly sure where it came from,” admits Dominique Arangoits. And very tasty it is too. Graphite and orange zest aromas segue into a fine, elegant, leafy palate with stylish oak and filigree tannins. 2024-36

Score: 96Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

Energy and raciness on the nose. Gentle and lifted. And then lots of tannins underneath. Fresh almost sandy tannins. Good energy and tea-leaf sensation. Excellent freshness. Long. Restrained. Elegant. 13.07%
Drink 2025-2042

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

This is one of the best Cos d'Estournels that I can remember trying at this early stage, it really does have every hair standing up on end. Powerful and deep, with a clear intensity but such delicacy; this is fresh, beautiful and succulent. It moves effortlessly through the palate without ever letting you forget that it's there. Deep black cherries, touches of dark chocolate and graphite are driven forward by a pulse of energy. From a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new oak.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2050

Score: 97Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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