Chateau Cos d'Estournel St. Estephe 2009

$499.00
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$399.00

SKU 13611

750ml

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This famous Second Growth is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc with old vines averaging 40+ years. This château sits on a ridge immediately north of the Pauillac border, looking down on its neighbor, Lafite Rothschild. The unusually high percentage of Merlot (by Haut-Médoc standards) accounts for the fleshy, supple and rich texture of the wine.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Estephe
Brand Chateau Cos d'Estournel
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • ws97

Wine SpectatorThis is a stunner, with gloriously ripe, succulent cassis, blackberry and fig fruit flavors backed by extra notes of plum cake, blueberry confiture and roasted wood spice. On the back half, the iron spine takes over on the hard-driving and extremely long, anise- and incense-tinged finish. An awesome expression of the modern style. Best from 2020 through 2040. 20,830 cases made.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2012
  • we94-96

Wine EnthusiastBarrel sample. A hugely rich wine, where the tannins seem initially lost in the overwhelming fruit. It has power and concentration, showing its alcohol a little. There is great intensity, but an edge of Portiness from the super-rich fruit.

Roger Voss, August 9, 2010
  • wa100

Wine AdvocateOne of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted, the monumental 2009 Cos d'Estournel has lived up to its pre-bottling potential. A remarkable effort from winemaking guru Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot (33%) and a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%) was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts an inky/black/purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of white flowers interwoven with blackberry and blueberry liqueur, incense, charcoal and graphite. The wine hits the palate with extraordinary purity, balance and intensity as well as perfect equilibrium, and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, wood and alcohol. An iconic wine as well as a remarkable achievement, it is the greatest Cos d'Estournel ever produced. It is approachable enough at present that one could appreciate it with several hours of decanting, but it will not hit its prime for a decade, and should age effortlessly for a half century.

Robert Parker, February 2012