2017 Château Cos d'Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

I love what they're doing here. It's cool and fresh, and so finessed. There are lovely, silky tannins, tension on the palate and the intensity builds over the long finish. There's spice and floral character too. This is brilliant.

Critic score
96.25/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£133.40
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£800.40

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    66% Cabernet Sauvignon
    32% Merlot
    1% Cabernet Franc
    1% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2020 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2017 Château Cos d'Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

TASTING NOTES

The 2017 Cos d’Estournel is matured in 60% new oak and comprises 13% alcohol, approximately the same as the 2016. It has a more expressive and welcoming bouquet than usual, maybe more indicative of how this wine will mature in bottle, less opaque than the 2016. A common theme throughout the range from Cos d’Estournel is a Pauillac-inspired backbone/tannic structure coupled with an attractive scent wafting over from the estuary...think mudflats, oyster shells and the tang of sea spray. It gains a little intensity with aeration but never fully lets go. The palate is very well balanced with filigree tannin, rendering this one of the most approachable barrel samples from the estate in recent years. The coolness of the latter part of the season defines this Saint-Estèphe more than the precocity of June: streamlined, cool and linear with a velvety finish that feels sleek, to the point of being understated, though that belies its length and focus. This is simply a very classy wine in the making and typical of the more recent sophisticated style pursued by the property in recent years.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2018)
(94—96)/100

Love tasting this wine. You almost want to drink it for its harmony and balance. Full-bodied and so complete with cloves, spices, dark berries and hints of chocolate. Wonderful integration on the finish.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2018)
(97—98)/100

The final blend of the 2017 Cos d'Estournel is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers up intense scents of crushed blackcurrants, blackberries and black cherries with touches of incense, spice cake, star anise and plum preserves plus a perfumed hint of potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with very firm yet wonderfully ripe, "sweet", fine-grained tannins at just 13% alcohol—something of a miracle in our modern times. The palate sports fantastic freshness and tons of energy emitted from the intensely perfumed black fruit layers, finishing on an epically long-lingering mineral note. Truly profound.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2018)
(97—100)/100

This is exceptional, if a touch below the intensity and harmony of 2016. I love the density that's displayed in this wine, showcasing luxurious, well-enrobed tannins. The complexity steals up on you little by little, the dark cassis and plum fruit character deepening through the palate with flashes of sage, charcoal, cigar box, graphite and taut tannins.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2018)
94/100

Inky with black core and purple rim. Dark-fruited and lightly charry to give a savoury/fruit complexity. Extremely pure cassis. A little more chewy than the Pagodes but still remarkably silky, with clarity, precision and length but without excess richness. Deep and long. Amazing balance already. Great precision, helped by a decade of experience in the new chai, says technical director Dominique Arangoits. Opens in the glass to reveal a hint of something floral. Plenty of depth but no excess weight, and modest alcohol.

Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2018)
17.5/20