2000 - 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
2012 - 2048
Case size
1x150cl

2000 CH COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 1x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cos d'Estournel
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2012 - 2048
Case size
1x150cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2001

    Marvellous Cos, packed with concentrated dark flavours.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2010,
    Score: 91

    Showing some lightening at the edges as well as some amber, this is the least impressive of the greatest vintages for Cos d'Estournel between 2000 and 2009. It is an outstanding wine, but it iscloser to maturity and lacking the concentration, texture, and overall compelling aromatics of more recent vintages. The wine displays roasted herbs intermixed with licorice, incense, black cherry, and black currant fruit. Medium-bodied, rather than full, elegant, with some spicy tannins and a nice sweet finish, compared to the other top classified growths, this wine is on a much faster evolutionary track and can be drunk now and over the next 15 or more years.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2003,
    Score: 92

    This wine puts on weight and grows in stature every time I go back to it. In fact, from the bottle it was better than ever. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2000 Cos d'Estournel suffers only in comparison with its successor, the 2001. Deep bluish purple in color with a reticent but emerging bouquet of cedar, licorice, blueberry, cassis, vanilla, and lead pencil shavings, this medium-bodied, slightly sinewy Cos d'Estournel has relatively high tannin, an excellent mid-palate, and a persistent finish. Purity and classicism are hallmarks of this top-flight wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

  • JR2

    Jancis Robinson, August 2013,
    Score: 16.5

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  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2001,
    Score: 18+

    Wonderfully deep, glossy purple. Supple, silky smooth on the nose. Long and rich with very attractive balance. Tannins noticeably ripe and fresh. Lovely effortlessly velvety texture quite different from some of the more forced efforts in recent vintages.

  • CC

    Clive Coates, June 2001

    60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. 75% new wood. 66% into the grand vin. 48 hl/ha.In the last few vintages Cos d'Estournel has been getting more and more exotic. This is areturn to something more classic. But it is a long way from super second quality. Verygood colour. Ripe nose. Medium to medium-full body. Rather loose-knit in structure.Where is the energy and the concentration? It is quite sophisticated but it is a waste ofan opportunity to have made something as fluid as this. Merely good. From 2006.I have ever tasted. Fullish body, but very splendidly rich, concentrated, verystylish fruit. Excellent tannin. Fine grip. This is very classy indeed. Just as good asPontet-Canet. Very lovely long, lush finish. From 2010.

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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.