Cos d'Estournel is always in the top tier of St Estèphes, and the 2019 follows a vintage with two potential 100 point scores here. The yield is a healthy 43hl/ha, with a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot aged in 55% new French oak. 14% abv. A deep ruby colour, with rich cassis fruit and hints of incense and sweet spices on the nose. The palate is pure and precise, with fine-grained and ripe tannins pesistent and mouthcoating but not dominating the fruit. This is not a blockbuster style, but rather fully refined. The lithe core of fruit is full of red and black fruits, complemented by sweet, spicy oak. An exceptionally elegant Cos d'estournel, with a long, driven and pure finish.
|Score: 18+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Cos d'Estournel was picked from 23 September to 7 October at 43hl/ha and matured in a judicious 55% new oak. It marks a serious and tangible upgrade over the Les Pagodes as you would expect: far more intensity, more fruit and complexity. It delivers gorgeous, very pure scents of blackberry, raspberry, crushed stone and just a hint of truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins, pitch perfect acidity and a satin-like texture. One of the most harmonious Cos d'Estournel that I have encountered in barrel and, though it is not quite touching the same ethereal level, it reminds me of the 2016 towards the finish. Utterly divine. 2025 - 2060
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
Harvest for the grand vin began on the 23rd of September and finished on the 7th of October. Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot (with no Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc this year), yields for this wine in 2019 were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and it is aging in 55% new oak. It came in at an alcohol level of 14.02% and an IPT of 67. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cos d'Estournel soars out of the glass with vibrant black raspberries, Black Forest cake and crushed blackcurrants scents plus nuances of red roses, wild sage, dark chocolate and cast-iron pan with a waft of woodsmoke. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut, muscular and built like a skyscraper, with firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the concentrated black fruit flavors, finishing with incredible length and depth. This wine so beautifully, clearly captures the juxtaposition between the periods of dry heat and those hallelujah moments of refreshing rain - the hallmarks of this great vintage. It's a vinous masterpiece in the making.
|Score: 97/99+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Borde), June 2020|
A very powerful and structured Cos. It’s full and layered, but not overpowering in terms of fruit. It’s more about the abundant, very fine tannins. It’s a classic wine with historical grip and power. Real Bordeaux. Sophisticated and provocative.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
The 2019 Cos d'Estournel is exquisitely beautiful. Dark, pliant and wonderfully inviting, the 2019 has so much to offer. Readers will find a wine of notable restraint and dramatic beauty. The purity of the fruit is just striking. Time in the glass brings out the wine's textural depth and rich, driving resonance. The combination of ripeness and energy is compelling.
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
Powerful and enjoyable Cos. Needs to be given time in the glass to reveal the impressively velvety texture, and the sheer depth of bitter black chocolate, black truffle and coffee notes. The tannins sit back and then build slowly to full bristling impact by the close of play. Feels extremely sophisticated, with the always-present Cos glamour. This was a vintage where the heat was starting to be worrying until the September rains that began around 22nd, and helped bring the Cabernet back into a more classical line, and away from the extremes of 2018. 40hl/h final yield. Drinking Window 2027 - 2044
|Score: 98||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020|
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Barrel sample.
Deep colour to the rim. Huge concentration of dark fruit with a notable Cabernet cassis aroma. Mighty tannic build but very fine tannins. Layers of fruit. Powerful but carefully constructed and precise. A lovely mellow quality to such a muscular wine. Plenty of reserve and clearly for long ageing. (JL)
Drink 2030 – 2050
|Score: 18+||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|