2014 Saint-Estèphe from Bordeaux
The 2014 wine is a late harvest wine. The exceptional Indian summer (from late August until November) allowed the Chateau Cos d'Estournel team to pick Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the best possible conditions; that is to say, perfectly ripe. The 2014 Cos d'Estournel gives off a complex bouquet, dominated by delicate spicy notes of cinnamon and saffron (hallmark of the chateau). This wine also releases cigar box and delicious black fruit fragrances. On the palate, the attack is dynamic with an unctuous, rich, yet not heavy mid-palate with a tasty freshness. The elegant tannic structure is silky. The aromas gradually appear: it is a mark of great depth. The finish is aromatically rich, velvety and very long, which adds to the distinguished sensation of the Cabernets. This charming wine is elegant and dense. This Cos d'Estournel is a great Saint-Estèphe.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2014 Cos d'Estournel is destined to turn into a very lovely Saint Estèphe. This bottle was actually tasted over a period of a few hours. The word cool is one that reappeared in my vernacular now that the wine is in bottle. The estate is known for producing a more luxuriant and extravagant bouquet compared to its Saint Estèphe peers, yet this vintage is streamlined (to re-appropriate my original descriptor). It's unashamedly focused and delineated. It delivers intense blackberry and bilberry scents, again with a touch of iris. The palate is beautifully balanced with not a single hair out of place. The acidity is well judged and I noticed that after two or three hours, there was a faint vein of graphite that lends it a Pauillac-like personality, no surprise given that it lies just across the border. It will require several years in bottle for the tannins to mellow, but the result will be a very attractive, quite correct, fresh and precise Cos d'Estournel that will bestow two or three decades of drinking enjoyment. Tasted February 2017.