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Cos d'Estournel Blanc 2016

SubregionBordeaux Appellation
Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

Less than 1000 cases are produced annually of Cos d'Estournel's white wine which is made from grapes grown in the Goulée vineyard in the Northern Medoc. 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon.

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Tasting Notes

A layered and deep white with beautiful fruit giving mango, sliced-lemon and green-pineapple character. Full-bodied and so flavorful. Love the phenolic balance. One of the best dry whites of the vintage.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Cos d’Estournel Blanc, which was bottled in July 2017, has a slightly muted nose that demands encouragement. Attractive lime flower, white peach and hints of frangipane develop with time, though I was hoping for just a touch more precision vis-à-vis its showing in barrel. The palate is well balanced with fine salinity on the entry. There is a light marine/oyster shell influence here, as well as fine depth and moderate length. This will probably drink well over the next decade, possibly more. 12.75% alcohol. Drink 2020-2030

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon that was picked between 12 September and 10 October, matured in a very modest 7% new oak. It has a fragrant bouquet with lemon curd, lime flower and just a hint of grilled almond. The palate is very well balanced with fine mineralité on the entry. Fine tension here, although I would like to see it develop more persistence on the finish, which just cuts away a little swiftly at present. Drink 2019 - 2029.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Composed of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon, the Cos d'Estournel 2016 Blanc opens with exotic fruit notions of guava and passion fruit giving way to nuances of peach blossoms, honeysuckle and wild thyme. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed with tropical and stone fruit layers with a racy backbone and long, perfumed finish. Drink 2020-2028.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim), November 2018

This is very linear and direct on the palate, showing great potential and length. Full body with mango and dried-lemon character and a long, flavorful finish. Shows intent and seriousness. Tight and structured. Better after 2021.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

The 2016 Cos d'Estournel Blanc offers a striking interplay of ripe fruit and fresher, more citrus-driven notes that contribute freshness. A hint of reduction adds attractive tension and nuance throughout. The Blanc was fermented and aged in mostly neutral oak (7% new), with some lees stirring, but no malolactic fermentation. Drink 2019-2024.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

Cos d'Estournel has done a terrific job in preserving a good deal of freshness with the 2016 Blanc. Citrus, floral notes and a touch of reduction convey energy and tension, both hard to come by in 2016, a vintage in which high temperatures created less-than-ideal conditions for whites. The Blanc is fermented and aged in neutral oak, with some lees stirring, but no malolactic fermentation. The Blanc is shaping up to be a success for the vintage. Production is down by about a third because of the severe selection that was required.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Pale greenish straw. Quite a sherbet character on the nose. Unusual tension. 12.75%
Drink 2017-2020

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

Less than 1000 cases are produced annually of Cos d'Estournel's white wine which is made from grapes grown in the Goulée vineyard in the Northern Medoc. 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. Production is down a third in 2016, with grapes picked in four "tris" over nearly a month. Zesty with a light struck match reduction. The palate is juicy and fine, with zippy acidity and a light waxiness to broaden the palate. Fresh, charming and approachable with pure Sauvignon Blanc flavours on the finish.

Farr Vintners, April 2017

One of the finest whites from this estate is the 2016 Cos d'Estournel Blanc, which is 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon brought up all in oak, 10% new. It boasts a vivid gold color as well as intense notes of white grapefruit, crushed rocks, flower oil, and a kiss of brioche. Medium-bodied, rich, beautifully textured and concentrated, it’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 10-15 years. 2021 - 2036.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019

The nose has herbal freshness bright the palate starts with lime and gooseberry a lovely expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Tropical fruits in the middle richer but citrus comes through towards the back bright and fresh on the finish fragrant length. 2019-31

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

One of those wines that doesn’t get the plaudits it deserves, partly because it comes from the wilds of the northern Médoc. But this is pithy, focused, delicious stuff, showing lemongrass and herbal flavours, understated oak and a refreshing tang. 2018-22

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

Another Médoc white to bear in mind when selecting this year. A 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon blend, the team picked over the course of four outings, right through to 10th October having started on 12th September. This is far enough up in the northern Médoc to get full estuary breezes, and with extreme selection the crop is one third less than last year. The aromatic precision is lovely, a fresh, clean line of citrus and white peach flesh that opens up and peels itself back through the palate.

Drinking Window 2019 - 2030

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017
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