Château Cos d'Estournel

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend

9.33093 ratings
9.3828 pro ratings
St. Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Kirsten Spalding

Drunk review 5: this tastes bushy. I know this, because I’ve been pushed into bushes. Blackberry, cardamon. Airy, woodsy aftertaste. Super enjoyable. Would pair this with pets for a Brittany dog, a English Setter, or a Norwegian Elk hound— a dog that enjoys navigating the woods.

Drunk review 5: this tastes bushy. I know this, because I’ve been pushed into bushes. Blackberry, cardamon. Airy, woodsy aftertaste. Super enjoyable. Would pair this with pets for a Brittany dog, a English Setter, or a Norwegian Elk hound— a dog that enjoys navigating the woods.

Feb 15th, 2021
Mike Saviage

Murky, tawny and opaque. Old Bordeaux nose. Notes of dark fruit, hickory wood, some mocha and unsweetened dark chocolate, and some herbal thing. Silky in the mouth with tannins fully resolved. Fruit is absent in the overall impact. Medium finish. Drinks well, but its highest peak seems to be in the rear view mirror.

Murky, tawny and opaque. Old Bordeaux nose. Notes of dark fruit, hickory wood, some mocha and unsweetened dark chocolate, and some herbal thing. Silky in the mouth with tannins fully resolved. Fruit is absent in the overall impact. Medium finish. Drinks well, but its highest peak seems to be in the rear view mirror.

Jan 25th, 2021
Loren Grossman

Vintner Wilde Farm Wines

9.4

Powerful and complete. Black fruit, licorice, smoke and lots of structure. Excellent balance and integration. A pleasure with a tomahawk rib eye, or wait another 10-15 years.

Powerful and complete. Black fruit, licorice, smoke and lots of structure. Excellent balance and integration. A pleasure with a tomahawk rib eye, or wait another 10-15 years.

Dec 19th, 2020
Matt Sterr

Scrumtrulescent.

Scrumtrulescent.

Nov 13th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Allen Brothers Ribcap wine.

2004 not the best Bordeaux vintage but, certainly not bad. What was disappointing was how not ready this was to drink. Normally, a lesser than grand vintage 14 years in bottle Cos would have blossomed better. Good but, not what I was hoping for with my Ribcap. Still showing a fair amount of primary characteristics & a touch astringent.

It will be 5-8 years before I open another.

Truly one of the more grand Chateaus in Bordeaux.

Allen Brothers Ribcap wine.

2004 not the best Bordeaux vintage but, certainly not bad. What was disappointing was how not ready this was to drink. Normally, a lesser than grand vintage 14 years in bottle Cos would have blossomed better. Good but, not what I was hoping for with my Ribcap. Still showing a fair amount of primary characteristics & a touch astringent.

It will be 5-8 years before I open another.

Truly one of the more grand Chateaus in Bordeaux.

Oct 17th, 2020
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In my last sighted review of the 2016 Cos d’Estournel, I wrote: "I suspect it will close down for a period in its youth." Perhaps it is already beginning to shut down, because though this wine was deeply impressive, it fell just a notch short of ethereal previous bottles, despite its "pixelated black fruit" on the nose and "sublime balance" on the palate. I tasted the wine twice thereafter, though this time with a 4-6 hour decant, and this revealed the Cos d'Estournel that has amazed since I first tasted it out of barrel. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2020)

In my last sighted review of the 2016 Cos d’Estournel, I wrote: "I suspect it will close down for a period in its youth." Perhaps it is already beginning to shut down, because though this wine was deeply impressive, it fell just a notch short of ethereal previous bottles, despite its "pixelated black fruit" on the nose and "sublime balance" on the palate. I tasted the wine twice thereafter, though this time with a 4-6 hour decant, and this revealed the Cos d'Estournel that has amazed since I first tasted it out of barrel. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2020)

Aug 11th, 2020
Lee Pitofsky

Having had the coveted 2005 vintage just a few months ago, ‘04 is far more open and rewarding today. So seductive and captivating. Smoked meats, black fruits, balsamic glaze and hints of roasted sage leaves and tobacco. The tannins are integrated beautifully and the finish shows wonderful finesse, elegance and length. Gorgeous now but will continue to improve over the next 8-10 years.

Having had the coveted 2005 vintage just a few months ago, ‘04 is far more open and rewarding today. So seductive and captivating. Smoked meats, black fruits, balsamic glaze and hints of roasted sage leaves and tobacco. The tannins are integrated beautifully and the finish shows wonderful finesse, elegance and length. Gorgeous now but will continue to improve over the next 8-10 years.

Jun 28th, 2020
Ron R
9.5

This is a glorious expression of Bdx. A left bank example which is strutting its stuff. 18 years in, its beginning to reveal cigar and cedar notes on the nose. Palate displays cherries, spice box, cinnamon and kirsch. No rush to consume these. Easily another 10 years of runway ahead of it.

This is a glorious expression of Bdx. A left bank example which is strutting its stuff. 18 years in, its beginning to reveal cigar and cedar notes on the nose. Palate displays cherries, spice box, cinnamon and kirsch. No rush to consume these. Easily another 10 years of runway ahead of it.

Jun 15th, 2020
Sara Beer

I am admittedly a #cosgirl and this wine was everything that I love about great Bordeaux, silky fruit-laden texture without overt density or weight, and gorgeous graphite, dried herb, leather, licorice and earth notes.

I am admittedly a #cosgirl and this wine was everything that I love about great Bordeaux, silky fruit-laden texture without overt density or weight, and gorgeous graphite, dried herb, leather, licorice and earth notes.

May 7th, 2020
Lee Pitofsky

From the superb 2005 vintage. Deep, powerful, masculine and layered, clearly still in its youth but wow this will be phenomenal. Already showing nicely with rich blackberries, cassis, newly bloomed violets, mocha, leather and hints of tea leaves. Finishes long and intense with plenty of grip.

From the superb 2005 vintage. Deep, powerful, masculine and layered, clearly still in its youth but wow this will be phenomenal. Already showing nicely with rich blackberries, cassis, newly bloomed violets, mocha, leather and hints of tea leaves. Finishes long and intense with plenty of grip.

Feb 16th, 2020