Château Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

$299.99

100 Points - top Bordeaux                                        A rare 99-point Bordeaux from the heralded 2016 vintage. Extremely limited. 100 Points Robert Parker: "The 2016 Cos d'Estournel is blended of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged in 65% new and 35% two-year-old French oak for 15 months. Bottled in July 2018, it is deep garnet-purple colored and starts off a little closed and reticent, opening out slowly and seductively to reveal beautiful lilacs, rose hip tea, crushed stones and camphor nuances over a core of crème de cassis, kirsch, wild blueberries and mocha plus wafts of incense and wood smoke. The palate is simply electric, charged with an energy and depth of flavors that seem to defy the elegance and ethereal nature of its medium-bodied weight, featuring super ripe, densely pixelated tannins that firmly frame the myriad of fruit and floral sparks, finishing with epic length. Just. Magic." 100 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2016 Cos d’Estournel was a bona fide showstopper out of barrel, the best that I had encountered in over 20 years of visiting the estate during en primeur, so my expectations were piled high when I returned to find out how it performs in bottle. Deep, almost opaque in color, it sports a very intense but broody bouquet with fathomless deep black fruit tinged with blueberry and violet. The aromas almost seem to envelop the senses. The palate is medium-bodied with ultra-fine tannin that I have never witnessed in any other vintage of Cos d’Estournel. There is a beguiling symmetry to this Saint-Estèphe, as well as unerring mineralité. The persistent, tobacco-tinged finish can be felt 60 second after the wine has departed. This is a monumental, benchmark Cos d’Estournel that will give not years but decades of pleasure, though I suspect it will close down for a period in its youth, hence my drinking window. 13.07% alcohol."

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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)

10

Daron Watson Delectable Pro

the candy theme continues ~ this time dark razzles ~ and the fruit POPs! Now I appreciate what is in the glass, and not sure I’d fault it for anything, but not sure I can award it

the candy theme continues ~ this time dark razzles ~ and the fruit POPs! Now I appreciate what is in the glass, and not sure I’d fault it for anything, but not sure I can award it

9.5

James Forsyth Delectable Pro

A really attractive wine and surprisingly drinkable right now. Caramel, plum, cassis. Very graceful. 76% CS

A really attractive wine and surprisingly drinkable right now. Caramel, plum, cassis. Very graceful. 76% CS

9.4

Evilroy Slade

Way way way overrated

Way way way overrated

8.8

Jeff Loo Delectable Pro

Barrel Sample. Top form from Cos, absolutely brilliant! 95-97pts.

Barrel Sample. Top form from Cos, absolutely brilliant! 95-97pts.

9.6

John Van Trijp

En Primeur Tasting 2016 Vintage in Bordeaux

En Primeur Tasting 2016 Vintage in Bordeaux

9.9

John Van Trijp

Zie verslag van onze proeverij over invloed van licht ☺️

Zie verslag van onze proeverij over invloed van licht ☺️

10

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