The 2015 Cos d'Estournel has a broody bouquet of black rather than red fruit, melted tar and smoke developing in the glass, quite strict but penetrating. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, fresh and lithe in the mouth, supple with blackberry and dark cherries, a touch of vanilla emanating from some oak that still needs to be subsumed. Superb, even if it is destined to lie in the shadow of the following vintage. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 Cos d'Estournel is backward and broody on the nose, just like the Pagodes de Cos, but it unfurls nicely in the glass to reveal intense blackberry, graphite and light tobacco aromas. The oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive depth, well-judged acidity and plenty of tobacco-infused black fruit. I appreciate that this embraces the character of Saint-Estèphe with that earthy, almost ferrous finish coming through on the grippy finish. Yes, there remains a slight sense of conservatism toward the finish and granted, it is predestined to be overshadowed by the exemplary 2016. Yet this is a fine Cos d’Estournel that should give 20 to 25 years of drinking pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2040.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it offers up black currants, spice cake, warm cherries and plum preserves with touches of chargrill and forest floor. Medium-bodied and very firm with ripe, grainy tannins, it has a good core of earthy fruit, finishing with loads of layers and freshness. 2022 - 2042
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Cos d'Estournel is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 17 September and 5 October at 44 hl/ha. It is being matured in 65% new oak, less than in recent years due to the tannin (IPT is 71). Deeper in color than the 2015 Pagodes, it has a very pure bouquet with tightly knitted blackberry, blueberry and violet scents, perhaps just a little Margaux-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity and harmonious in the mouth. What it does not quite deliver is the complexity of a top-tier Cos d'Estournel or the peacock's tail of flavors on the finish, which feels linear and conservative compared to its peers in more southerly appellations. You feel as if the vintage put a tight leash on this Saint Estèphe grandee. There is pedigree in this Grand Vin for sure and it is bound to give up to 20 years of pleasure.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Super aromas of nutmeg, cloves and dried flowers with plums and blackberries. Subtle yet so complex. Full-bodied, tight and integrated with ultra-fine tannins and a beautiful finish. Lasts for minutes. Very, very Cos. Harmony. Texturally marvellous. Drink in 2024.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
This shows what great selection did in the northern Mêdoc. Big surprise. Really excellent. Full body, chewy and rich tannins and loads of ripe fruit. Black currants, blueberries. It has hot and ripe tannins yet cool fruit.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
Easily one of the most successful wine in Saint Estèphe in 2015, Cos d'Estournel is just gorgeous. Elements of exoticism appear on the bouquet, followed by generous black cherry, smoke, leather, licorice, menthol and mocha. Naturally, it will be many years before the 2015 is ready to offer a truly complete drinking experience, but it is superb even in the early going. The 2015 was bottled in July 2017. 2022 - 2045
|Score: 94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
A wine of cool sophistication and polish, the 2015 Cos d'Estournel is endowed with striking length and overall balance. Silky tannins support a core of graphite, smoke, licorice, incense, tar and dark spice. The 2015 is perhaps not as aromatically nuanced or expressive as in the very best years (although that may develop in time), but it offers terrific persistence through to the finish. Finesse and nuance are the key signatures in the 2015 Cos. Only 39% of the crop went into the Grand Vin, as opposed to the more typical 50% or so.
|Score: 92/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Aromatic. Polished. Tea-leaf flavours and rather suave for a 2015 St-Estèphe. Clean and fresh. A good drink. Racy with lots of interest.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Extremely dark crimson. Lovely spice and breadth. Hint of tobacco leaf with lots of ripe fruit. Very comfortable. A lovely pair of slippers. Real tension and ripeness - great combo. Nothing forced. Ethereal and builds towards the end. Certainly has the graphite ingredient. 13.4%
|Score: 18.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
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 has 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 2015 vintage is made from vines averaging 55 years of age - 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc. Elevage is in 65% new oak and only 39% of the total production will go into the grand vin. Aymeric describes this wine as having "elegant refinement". Vivid purple colour. Blueberry and fresh blackcurrant on the nose. Creamy black cherry and a hint of sweet vanilla. The palate is fresh and pure with smooth, fresh, elegant cassis and cherry fruit. Harmonious and elegant rather than a blockbuster that works with the conditions of the vintage. Floral, lifted and vibrant on the finish with superb energy of juicy black fruit.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
The 2015 Cos D'Estournel is a classic wine from this estate and a terrific effort from the northern Médoc. Compared to both 2007 and 2004 by the estate and representing only 39% of the total production, it offers a fresh, classy bouquet of crème de cassis, black raspberries, toasty oak, graphite and damp earth. Made from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, this medium to full-bodied 2015 has solid mid-palate depth, fine, polished tannin, and a great finish. It’s going to improve with short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. 2021 - 2041
|Score: 93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
The mix of black fruits on the nose is sweet the start of the palate has depth rich black cherry. Lighter in the middle bright fresh fruit a hint of spice yet there is richness and sweetness at the back a feeling of balance.
|Score: 92/95||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
This is a very good rather than a great Cos. Deeply coloured and richly oaked, it has nice
spice and smoky oak, with well integrated tannins and good length, but I’d like a little more
stuffing in the middle of the wine. Drink: 2022-28
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
Stunning nose, superb control and great poise, this is a serious and rather thoughtful Cos with terrific refinement. It
seems to be sitting quietly and running over in its mind the complexities of the vintage and the success it has made of
itself. Wonderfully calm initially and then smooth on the mid-palate, the tannins build and then storm the palate on the
finish but rather than leaving your mouth dry, they then fade and leave your mouth watering but not wounded. It seems
that any potential aggression in the tannins was ameliorated by the hot summer. This is a superb wine which starts
quietly, builds then retreats to an incredibly calm and long finish. Interestingly, the yields were lower in 2014 but more
wine was made, whereas the yields were slightly higher in 2015 because of the perfect flowering but more selection was
made and this meant that they made fractionally more wine this year.
|Score: 18.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|