The second wine of Château Cos d’Estournel, the star of St Estephe alongside Château Montrose, that 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.
Aromas of blackcurrant alongside spice and meaty notes. Full bodied with round tannins and a clean finish.
The gap between the second and first wines at Cos in 2011 is much narrower than in the last two vintages, partly because the latter underperformed. Cedarwood and Asian spices on the nose and palate, with lots of smoky, charry fruit and good structure. The tannins are a little angular, but this is still a good second wine. 8+ years- 92 pts Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com