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Château Cos d'Estournel 1996

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A silky and velvety Saint-Estèphe red wine

A 2nd classified growth benefitting from a rich terroir of gravel, which lends an aristocratic and exotic personality to this wine, Château Cos d'Estournel is a 2nd classified growth produced in the Saint-Estèphe appellation. The 1996 vintage of this "super second" blends 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot.

Concentrated and structured in its youth, the 1996 vintage of Château Cos d'Estournel opens up significantly. It reveals a beautiful and intense colour, giving off on the nose candied and fruity fragrances. On the palate this wine displays toasted flavours, cassis and undergrowth, with splendid, silky tannins. The flavourful and radiant finish proves this to be an exceptional wine.

Parker : 94 / 100
J. Robinson : 17 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at the château, the 1996 Cos d'Estournel was aged in 65% new oak (unlike the 1995 which was 100%) and is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a straight down the line, intense and focused, graphite and melted tar bouquet. It is almost Pauillac in style, no surprise given its proximity. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity, finer tannin than the 1986 Cos d'Estournel tasted alongside, but sharing those same leitmotifs of black pepper and sea salt. I like the nonchalance of this Cos d'Estournel. At 20 years it is not an ostentatious wine, not determined to go out and impress, but its nuance, stylishness and classicism grow on you. Its virtues seem to register only after you swallow the wine and find yourself tempted back for more. Excellent. Tasted July 2016.
BordeauxSaint-Estephe
Vineyard
Medoc

Alcohol
13

Dessert wine
No

Environment
Conventional viticulture

J. Robinson
17

R. Gabriel
19

Vinous - A. Galloni
93

Wine Spectator
90

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Estephe

Color
Red

Producer
Château Cos d'Estournel

Classification
2e cru classe

Parker
94

Allergens
Contains sulphites