A silky and velvety Saint-Estephe red wine
A 2nd classified growth benefitting from a rich terroir of gravel, which lends an aristocratic and exotic personality to this wine, Chateau Cos d'Estournel is a 2nd classified growth produced in the Saint-Estephe appellation. The 1996 vintage of this "super second" blends 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot.
Concentrated and structured in its youth, the 1996 vintage of Chateau Cos d'Estournel opens up significantly. It reveals a beautiful and intense color, giving off on the nose candied and fruity fragrances. On the palate this wine displays toasted flavors, cassis and undergrowth, with splendid, silky tannins. The flavorful and radiant finish proves this to be an exceptional wine.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at the château, the 1996 Cos d'Estournel was aged in 65% new oak (unlike the 1995 which was 100%) and is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a straight down the line, intense and focused, graphite and melted tar bouquet. It is almost Pauillac in style, no surprise given its proximity. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity, finer tannin than the 1986 Cos d'Estournel tasted alongside, but sharing those same leitmotifs of black pepper and sea salt. I like the nonchalance of this Cos d'Estournel. At 20 years it is not an ostentatious wine, not determined to go out and impress, but its nuance, stylishness and classicism grow on you. Its virtues seem to register only after you swallow the wine and find yourself tempted back for more. Excellent. Tasted July 2016.