Bordeaux Chateaux

Chateau Cos D’Estournel, St Estephe 2014

R3,995

St Estephe at its best – pure, opulent, dense and rich with enticing bouquet of black fruit, which will provide drinking enjoyment over decades from a fantastic vintage

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2014

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Critics Top Rating

98 points

Story

Story

Château Cos d`Estournel is named after its 19th century owner, Louis-Gaspard d’Estournel, and it was he who built the bizarre oriental edifice that is a landmark for any tourist in the Médoc.

Today Cos d’Estournel is without doubt the leading estate in St-Estéphe. It is located in the south of the appellation on the border with Pauillac and its vineyards are superbly sited on a south-facing gravel ridge with a high clay content, just north of Lafite.

Do not be fooled by the relatively high Merlot content, as these are full-bodied, dark, brooding tannic wines when young which develop a complexity and intensity that can rival many top growths from Pauillac.

In 1998 the Prats family sold Cos d’Estournel to The Tailan Group. Cos d’Estournel is classified as a 2ème Cru Classé.

Specifications

Specifications

Blend – Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 2%

The call of faraway lands. As mysterious and intriguing as a lone adventurer returning from a solitary sail, Cos d’Estournel is slow to reveal itself. Little by little, it evokes stories of distant places, market stalls brimming with unfamiliar fruits, spices and wares, village festivities warmed by the joy of revelers and the setting sun, and sumptuous visions of ladies and their voluptuous curves. A myriad of scents, colors and tastes appeals to the senses. The Grand Vin of Cos d’Estournel is both demure and deliberately sensuous, a fascinating and elegant nectar.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

The wine reveals a nice density and an aromatic richness that give opulence, with incomparable touch and heat. The Cabernet Sauvignon is fully expressed on the terroir of Cos d’Estournel. The power, the energy and the complexity of the wines will undoubtedly make them a vintage for the ages, to forget in the cellar for a long time.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

James Suckling – 98 points

If you want to know what St.-Estèphe smells like, this is it. Aromas of spices, black truffles, forest floor, dried strawberries and tar. It’s full-bodied yet pinpointed on the palate with fabulous density and richness. It’s opulent but in a reserved and checked way. This needs at least five or six years to come around, but it’s already fantastic. What harmony and structure. Try in 2022 if you can keep your hands off it!


 Wine Advocate – 94 points

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Cos d’Estournel has a deep garnet-purple color and is a little closed at this stage, offering slowly emerging scents of fresh blackcurrants, black plums and blackberries plus nuances of pencil shavings, dried lavender, bay leaves and fertile loam with a waft of iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, it has a generous mid-palate of muscular, youthful fruit with a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and savory.


Decanter- 95 points

Tasted by Jane Anson (at Château Cos d’Estournel. Bordeaux, 02 Jul 2018)Part of Comparing Cos d’Estournel wines: 2000 to 2016

There’s a clear consistency across Cos d’Estournel’s wines – the quality is absolutely unmissable, but don’t open the 2014 just yet. Remember that from the end of August the weather really favoured St-Estèphe, with the result that all those key elements – tannins, acidity and fruit – are here in force. It’s still young and closed, with tight tannins, but after 10 minutes or so in the glass olive paste and rosemary notes emerge, followed by graphite and bilberry fruit. Give it time, then reap the rewards.

Drinking Window 2024 – 2040


Wine Enthusiast – 97 points

This is an immensely dense wine that is going to be a classic. The dark tannins are still lined with wood aging but that will go because the fruit underneath is also just as dense and intense. Blackberry, black plum and damson plum give power and sweetness. This is a great wine with huge potential. Drink from 2028.

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