2001 - 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
2015 - 2031
Case size
1x300cl
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2001 CH COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 1x300cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cos d'Estournel
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2015 - 2031
Case size
1x300cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £640.72 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2002

    The 2001 harvest was the latest for 10 years at Cos dEstournel and the grapes were magnificent.Compared to 2000 they retained a little more acid and this has lifted typical richCos fruit to produce a wine of structure, silken fruit and exceptional length. 55% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot and only 40% of the harvest made it into the Žgrand vin. This is one of the best Cos in recent years and better at this stage than the 2000.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, June 2004,
    Score: 93

    A beautiful effort, the 2001 Cos d'Estournel (65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot) exhibits apoised, noble bouquet of black currants, cedar, spice box, and licorice. A hint of truffles emerges as it sits in the glass. Medium-bodied with sweet fruit (mostly black) and nicely integrated wood, it builds incrementally in the mouth, ending with a 50-second finish. Drink this stylish, restrained yet substantial claret over the next 15+ years. Drink 2004-2019

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, November 2018,
    Score: 94

    The 2001 Cos d'Estournel is blended of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot—a very high percentage of Merlot in this vintage and a very late harvest, which started on October 1st. Deep garnet in color, the nose is singing with savory notes of smoked meats, tapenade, bay leaves and beef drippings with a core of plum preserves, redcurrant jelly, dried cherries and baked blackcurrants with wafts of peppermint tea and dried roses. Medium-bodied, the palate practically tingles with vibrant dried herbs, red fruit preserves and minty notes, structured with firm, finely grained tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and minerally.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2002,
    Score: 17

    Blackish crimson. Scented. Flatters, but underneath quite light. Chewy. Slightly inky. Quite tough. Very dry. A bit skinny. Dramatic, but a little bit soulless. Courageously small proportion, 40 per cent, of grand vin from the total crop, and Cabernet Sauvignon only 55 per cent of the blend. Drink 2008-2018

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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.