The star of St Estephe, alongside Château Montrose, Cos d’Estournel competes with the quality of some 1st growth. A higher percentage of Merlot than the rest of the Haut-Medoc is used in the blend to produce fleshy and richly textured wines.
85% of the wine was aged in new oak. Ripe plum and blackcurrant fruits intermingling with cedar, liquorice and chocolate. A classic big and bold Cos d’Estournel!
A beautiful effort, the 2001 Cos d’Estournel (65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot) exhibits a poised, noble bouquet of black currants, cedar, spice box, and licorice. A hint of truffles emerges as it sits in the glass. Medium-bodied with sweet fruit (mostly black) and nicely integrated wood, it builds incrementally in the mouth, ending with a 50-second finish. Drink this stylish, restrained yet substantial claret over the next 15+ years.- 93 pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate