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Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1996

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    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.

    Parker : 94 / 100
    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.
    BordeauxSaint-Estephe
    Alcohol
    13

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Sustainable

    J. Robinson
    17

    R. Gabriel
    19

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    93

    Wine Spectator
    90

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Medoc

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Estephe

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel

    Classification
    Second Growth

    Parker
    94

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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