1996 - 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
2006 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl

1996 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
2006 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 1997,
    Score: 92-93

    Another gorgeous wine has been produced at Cos d'Estournel. Normally, Cos is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, but in 1996, largely because of the high quality of the Cabernet crop, the final blend was 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. This is one 1996 where I noted a close resemblance to the chateau's 1986. This powerful, tannic wine exhibits a black/purple color, gorgeously sweet, chewy, thick fruit, medium to full body, and 30+ seconds of length. Although backward, the wine is impressive because of its purity, richness, and overall size. I suspect the 1996 Cos d'Estournel, much like the aforementioned 1986, will require 8-10 years of cellaring; it should keep for 30-35 years. Proprietor Bruno Prats informed me that in 1996 66% of the crop made it into the final blend. Drink: 2005-2032.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 1998,
    Score: 94-96

    A fabulous Cos d'Estournel, along with the 1995, the 1996 is the finest wine produced at this estate since the sumptuous 1990, and it represents the essence of Cos d'Estournel. From its saturated black/ruby/purple color, to its knock-out nose of Asian spices, licorice, tobacco-tinged cassis fruit, and plum-like jam, this full-bodied, extraordinarily pure wine will enjoy an immensely impressive future. Approximately 66% of the crop made it into the final blend, which includes a slightly higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot). While the 1996 is similar to the 1986, the fruit and tannin in the former wine are sweeter and more abundant. It is a massive example of Cos, but neither heavy nor overbearing in view of its immense size. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035. Both the 1995 and 1996 vintages of Cos d'Estournel were even more impressive in late 1997 than earlier in the spring.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 1999,
    Score: 93

    Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young Cos d'Estournels I have ever tasted, this thick, structured, tannic wine has closed down significantly since bottling. It requires 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last for 30-35 years. It is a fabulous Cos, but patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030.

  • CC

    Clive Coates, June 2001,
    Score: 17.5/20

    Full colour. Splendid nose. Very lush and succulent. Rich, fat, spicy and sweet. Medium-full body. Almost over-ripe. Very lovely but it doesn't quite have the grip for more than fine. Individual. Long enough. Drink 2005-2020+

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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.