2003 Château Cos d'Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

Hard to believe but the quality here is still on the up! Jean-Guillaume Prats is clearly maximising the full potential of this Cabernet-dominant cuvée. In fact, the assemblage here comprises 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. In the glass, a wine of great colour with pronounced tobacco nuances as well as clove and cinnamon spice on the nose. The superlative quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon really shines through, defined, structured and powerful. Despite great extract and depth, the balance here is so fine it can be described as elegant despite the power and personality that it exudes. A fine, long finish – a truly memorable Cos.

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  • Region & country
    Saint-Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    Cabernet Franc
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Maturity
    Ready 2013 - 2033
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2003 Château Cos d'Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe
Château Cos d'Estournel

Second Growth Château Cos d’Estournel is one of the leading wines in St-Estèphe. It came to prominence when Louis Gaspard-d’Estournel took ownership in the 19th century and through his interest in the overseas market and love of adventure, brought it to the attention of British royalty, the Tsar of Russia and customers in the Far East. British Army Officers stationed in India were enjoying Cos d’Estournel in the mid-1800s. Louis, known as the ‘Maharajah de St-Estèphe’, built the fascinating oriental-style pagodas and infused the château and winery with an eclectic mix of styles and influences, many of which can be seen today. The estate lies on a south-facing ridge, in the south of the appellation, and is separated from Château Lafite by little more than a stream - the Jalle du Breuil. Today, Michel Reybier heads the estate and from his inauguration in 2000, has led an extensive study into the unique terrain of the vineyards and installed a state-of-the-art gravity-led winery.

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