1990 - Ch Cos d'Estournel 2ème Cru St Estèphe
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cos d'Estournel
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2010 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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1990 CH COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cos d'Estournel
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2010 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £3,392.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, March 2016,
    Score: 17.5

    Showing a surprising amount of age in the colour, with hints of orange and red. The aromas are a little backward, but show a ripeness of fruit with underlying hints of sultanas. Whilst not the length of some, it is a very rewarding glass with lovely sweet black fruit flavours. Drink now.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, October 2018,
    Score: 95

    The 1990 Cos d’Estournel is a vintage that I have not tasted for several years. I have always had a soft spot for the 1990. It does not disappoint with gorgeous scents of clove, bay leaf, and warm gravel that are almost Pomerol-like in style. The palate is fresh and lively. This 1990 is very well balanced and eschews the warmth of that summer and allows the terroir to shine. It grips the mouth and offers black truffle and sage towards the slightly grainy textured finish that lingers on the palate. What a sublime Cos d’Estournel. Well-kept bottles will be giving immense pleasure although, you can envisage this lasting another fifteen years, possibly twenty. Tasted at the Cos d’Estournel vertical at the property.

  • RP4

    Robert Parker, June 1992,
    Score: 90-92

    Over the long-term, I feel this effort from Cos d'Estournel will surpass the 1988 and 1989, but not the 1982, 1985, or 1986. Deep ruby/purple in color, it offers a moderately intense bouquet of pure black-raspberry fruit wrapped nicely in toasty new oak. Rich, concentrated, and similar in style to the opulent 1985, this impressively made, well-structured wine should provide fine near-term drinking yet evolve gracefully for several decades. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2012.

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, August 1993,
    Score: 90

    The deep ruby/purple-colored 1990 offers a moderately intense bouquet of pure black-raspberry fruit wrapped nicely in toasty new oak. Rich, concentrated, and similar in style to the opulent 1985, this impressively made, well-structured wine should provide fine near-term drinking, yet evolve gracefully for several decades. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2012. Last tasted, 7/93.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, February 1997,
    Score: 95

    In contrast to the 1989, the 1990 is a spectacular wine, and, along with the 1986, 1982, and 1953, one of the four finest Cos d'Estournels made in the post-World War II era. Bruno Prats believes it is the finest wine he has ever made. In the most recent tasting, the 1990 was even better than in the past, charming me as well as other tasters with its flashy display of opulent Merlot (about 40% of the blend) mixed with ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. It was one of the more forward 1990s in the tasting, which no doubt accounted for its precocious showing. This super-concentrated wine possesses a roasted herb, sweet, jammy black fruit-scented nose, with noteworthy opulence and succulence. Pure and full-bodied, this concentrated wine conceals more tannin than it is presently revealing. The wine is open, flattering, and impossible to resist. It will continue to mature for 15-20 years. Drink: 1997-2017.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2009,
    Score: 94

    Not as concentrated as the 1982, or as most of the vintages made since 2001, the 1990 Cos has reached full maturity. It exhibits sweet berry fruit intermixed with spice box, herbs, and spring flowers. Expansive, round, and sensual, with wonderful purity as well as lushness, this irresistible wine can be enjoyed over the next 6-10 years. Release price: ($350.00/case). Drink: 2009-2019.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, January 1998,
    Score: 95

    The 1990 will charm tasters with its flashy display of opulent Merlot (about 40% of the blend) mixed with ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. It was one of the more forward 1990s in the tasting, which no doubt accounted for its precocious showing. This super-concentrated wine possesses a roasted herb, sweet, jammy black fruit-scented nose, with noteworthy opulence and succulence. Pure and full-bodied, this concentrated wine conceals more tannin than it is presently revealing. The wine is open, flattering, and impossible to resist. It will continue to mature for 15-20 years. Drink 1996-2016

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Producer

Château Cos d'Estournel

Resembling an ancient Indian palace, Cos d'Estournel is like no other Bordeaux château. The estate was founded in the early 19th century by Louis Gaspard d'Estournel and the château was built once the vineyards were established as a celebration of his conquests in the Far East. Since 2000, Cos d’Estournel has been in the hands of French hotelier Michel Reybier. Under Reybier’s direction, the château has thrived. In 2007 he commissioned a state-of-the-art wine cellar, the first in Bordeaux to use solely gravity (no pumps). The 91-hectare vineyard is planted to a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot (33%), Cabernet Franc (1%) and Petit Verdot (1%) and produces the Grand Vin Cos d’Estournel and a second wine, Pagodes de Cos.

Region

St Estèphe

St Estèphe is the most northern of Médoc communal crus. Its unique terroir is made up of layers of gravel which are supported by a dense clay base. This subsoil retains water in dry seasons and works particularly well with Merlot, a largely planted variety which is used to flesh out Cabernet Sauvignon. This clay base also creates powerful, textured tannins which enable St Estèphe to stand out from the pack. Like St Julien, it is one of the four most important communal appellations of the Médoc which does not contain any first growths, despite its southern border being a stone'sthrow from Château Lafite. Nonetheless, it is home to some excellent châteaux making fine wines such as Cos d'Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur and Lafon Rochet.