Château Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2003 (1500ml)

$689

The prodigious, fantastic 2003 Cos d'Estournel is a candidate for "wine of the vintage." A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon (unusually high for this chateau), 30% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, 17,500 cases were produced from low yields. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a compelling perfume of black fruits, subtle smoke, pain grille, incense, and flowers. With extraordinary richness, full body, and remarkable freshness, elegance, and persistence, this is one of the finest wines ever made by this estate. The good news is that it will be drinkable at a young age yet evolve for three decades or more. Kudos to winemaker Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Bob McDonald Delectable Pro

Decided to continue drinking my 2003 Bordeaux from this hot year. This was in excellent condition. Rich crimson with a garnet edge. Aromatics of dry plum and cassis with pronounced cedar box - like the aromas you get from pulling out a chest of drawers in an antique shop. All in all obviously left bank Bordeaux. Medium weight mellifluous palate with perfect balance finishing with sandy fine tannins. Julia Harding’s drinking window of 2010 to 2018 proved to be conservative. Wonderful claret.

Decided to continue drinking my 2003 Bordeaux from this hot year. This was in excellent condition. Rich crimson with a garnet edge. Aromatics of dry plum and cassis with pronounced cedar box - like the aromas you get from pulling out a chest of drawers in an antique shop. All in all obviously left bank Bordeaux. Medium weight mellifluous palate with perfect balance finishing with sandy fine tannins. Julia Harding’s drinking window of 2010 to 2018 proved to be conservative. Wonderful claret.

9.5

Daron Watson Delectable Pro

a subtly sumptuous nose w gorgeous array of fruits ~ great length w soft dusty tannins

a subtly sumptuous nose w gorgeous array of fruits ~ great length w soft dusty tannins

9.6

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

Now we are talking!!! Bordeaux nose, Sattler leather, dark fruit, smoke, floral, deep dark and delicious!

Now we are talking!!! Bordeaux nose, Sattler leather, dark fruit, smoke, floral, deep dark and delicious!

9.3

Rob B Delectable Pro

Little wine party at home

Little wine party at home

9.2

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

PBFW 2016 Mentor Dinner. Double Mag

PBFW 2016 Mentor Dinner. Double Mag

9.3

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

The biggest and most full bodied wine of the evening was the Cos d'Estournel. From the hot 2003 vintage this also made it the youngest red of the evening. Big, irony, camp fire embers, black currants and cassis, toasty and well integrated oak buffer the wine. Time has peeled back some of that concentration revealing the heat that stuck out to me as the one big thing out of place. In the context of the vintage this might be OK but it turned me off. Good, but disappointing especially considering how critics went out of their way to speak of its lack of signs of heat.

The biggest and most full bodied wine of the evening was the Cos d'Estournel. From the hot 2003 vintage this also made it the youngest red of the evening. Big, irony, camp fire embers, black currants and cassis, toasty and well integrated oak buffer the wine. Time has peeled back some of that concentration revealing the heat that stuck out to me as the one big thing out of place. In the context of the vintage this might be OK but it turned me off. Good, but disappointing especially considering how critics went out of their way to speak of its lack of signs of heat.

8.9

Mike Smith Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Myriad Cellars

2003 is a great vintage. Time will prove it

2003 is a great vintage. Time will prove it

9.8

Craig Haserot Delectable Pro

Founder and Proprietor Sojourn Cellars

Wow this is good. In a great space now and for a while.

Wow this is good. In a great space now and for a while.

9.4

Nico J. Snyman Delectable Pro

Love Cos, not much of a fan of the '03's though, I'm not so sure the '03's will ever be a vintage that in 15 years we will be looking fondly on, just too much overripe(cooked) fruit character that will only maderize as time goes on.

Love Cos, not much of a fan of the '03's though, I'm not so sure the '03's will ever be a vintage that in 15 years we will be looking fondly on, just too much overripe(cooked) fruit character that will only maderize as time goes on.

8.8

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Good but tannic and closed. Short finish. No nose.

Good but tannic and closed. Short finish. No nose.

8.8

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