2019 Château Cos d'Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

2019 Château Cos d'Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

Cos d’Estournel comes from St-Estèphe, just the other side of a stream from Lafite-Rothschild. The last few years have seen a marked change of style here, with a movement towards more elegant, classically styled Bordeaux, rather than the blockbusters of yesteryear. It’s a change that’s paying dividends.

Critic score
98.5/100 info
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£151.48
Case, 6 Bottles
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£908.88
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Case, 6 Bottles
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Wine details

  • Region & country
    Saint-Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    65% Cabernet Sauvignon
    35% Merlot
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2046info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14.5%

Tasting notes

Harvest for the grand vin began on the 23rd of September and finished on the 7th of October. Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot (with no Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc this year), yields for this wine in 2019 were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and it is aging in 55% new oak. It came in at an alcohol level of 14.02% and an IPT of 67. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cos d'Estournel soars out of the glass with vibrant black raspberries, Black Forest cake and crushed blackcurrants scents plus nuances of red roses, wild sage, dark chocolate and cast-iron pan with a waft of woodsmoke. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut, muscular and built like a skyscraper, with firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the concentrated black fruit flavors, finishing with incredible length and depth. This wine so beautifully, clearly captures the juxtaposition between the periods of dry heat and those hallelujah moments of refreshing rain - the hallmarks of this great vintage. It's a vinous masterpiece in the making.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020)
(97—99+)/100

Powerful and enjoyable Cos. Needs to be given time in the glass to reveal the impressively velvety texture, and the sheer depth of bitter black chocolate, black truffle and coffee notes. The tannins sit back and then build slowly to full bristling impact by the close of play. Feels extremely sophisticated, with the always-present Cos glamour. This was a vintage where the heat was starting to be worrying until the September rains that began around 22nd, and helped bring the Cabernet back into a more classical line, and away from the extremes of 2018. 40hl/h final yield.

Jane Anson, Decanter (June 2020)
98—99/100

A very powerful and structured Cos. It’s full and layered, but not overpowering in terms of fruit. It’s more about the abundant, very fine tannins. It’s a classic wine with historical grip and power. Real Bordeaux. Sophisticated and provocative.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2020)
98—99/100

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