Chateau Cos D’Estournel 2eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Estephe 2018
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 winery – now 10 years old -is the most modern and sophisticated in all of Bordeaux, with a 100% gravity cellar – no pumps used at all. The 2018 is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
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WINE TASTING NOTES
The 2018 Cos d’Estournel is matured in 50% new oak, a little less than usual. It has a more opulent bouquet compared to the 2016 and 2017 as you might imagine with high-toned but not overbearing black cherries, iodine and cassis aromas. The dialling down of the oak we a good idea. With aeration it manifest enticing violet scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that creates what is one of the most lithe Cos d’Estournel releases in recent years. It is silky smooth in texture with fine acidity, the 14.59% alcohol just lending a little decadence towards the finish. It is one of the more heady wines in recent years although everything seems to me kept in check and the tannins feel very fine and precise on the finish, indicative of prudent winemaking. Very fine, even if it does not quite match the ethereal 2016 Cos d’Estournel. Drink 2025-2060.
Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, November 2019