wine red

Cos d'Estournel 1983

Chateau Cos d'Estournel

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At first glimpse in March 1984, this Cos d'Estournel was raw, tannic, angular, and unyielding, although it had good color and weight on the palate. Later in the year the wine was showing more richness and fruit, but still decidedly tannic in a hard, lean way. Recent tastings have established that this wine is maturing quickly, taking on an advanced color. Never the picture of balance, this weedy, somewhat attenuated effort from Cos has become more compressed and charmless over time. It is a disappointment for the vintage. Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted 11/96.

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€ 1,580

 October 2015

Chateau Cos d'Estournel

Chateau Cos d’Estournel is a prestigious winery based in the Saint Estephe appellation in Bordeaux, France. As deemed by the Official Bordeaux Classification of 1855, the chateau’s premier red wine (with the same name) holds the rank of Second Growth. The fine wine estate is a neighbor of Chateau Lafite Rothschild in the adjacent commune of Pauillac.

 

Chateau Cos d’Estournel, along with the first wine, also produces a second wine labeled Les Pagodes de Cos, and a further wine known as Chateau Marbuzet. The name “Cos” signifies a “hill of pebbles” in Gascon dialect. The chateau’s full name was given by Louis-Gaspard d’Estournel in 1810.

 

The entire estate of Cos d’Estournel covers around 100 hectares, with the vinyards spanning around 70 hectares split into subdivisions. The grape composition of this top chateau contains around 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, with a petit selection of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In total, Chateau Cos d’Estournel produces around 32,000 cases of fine wine on a yearly basis.

30,000 - 32,000 cases

Second Growth

Saint-Estephe/Left Bank

100 hectares

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