2008 Château Cos d'Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

Comprising 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Franc, this is deep and opaque in the glass. The aromas here are instantly appealing, sweet, scented cassis, with background notes of toast. A deep, dense core of fruit lies at the heart of this wine, which shows such effortless intensity. Layer upon layer of sweet ripe black fruit, currant and cherry, framed in toasted oak. Gravelly, mineral notes course across a seamless palate. This is not of blockbuster proportion, but does not lack substance. Wonderfully harmonious and precise, the tannins are silken, almost slippery, yet adding fine definition. A long, pure, stylish ‘Cabernet driven’ Cos that shows in a far juicier, fleshier manner than many recent vintages. This is of First Growth stature without a shadow of a doubt and ranks as one of the wines of the vintage. Robert Parker: 94-96

Pricing
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
Report
1 available
£754.80
Bottle
From a client
6 available
£138.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    85% Cabernet Sauvignon
    13% Merlot
    2% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Ready 2017 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2008 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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