- Château Cos Labory
- St Estèphe
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2012 - 2022
- Case size
Robert Parker, April 2008,
One of the finest wines I have tasted from this estate, the 2005 Cos Labory exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue, aromas of road tar, blackberries, creme de cassis, forest floor, smoke, and graphite, medium to full body, and abundant tannin. It is a complete, dense effort with high tannins in the finish. Once the tannins melt away, it should represent an outstanding example of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.
Robert Parker, April 2007,
The 2005 is the finest effort I have tasted from this estate in many years. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, blueberry liqueur, espresso, and roasted herbs. Impressively constituted, medium to full-bodied, tannic, and rich, it is the most complete and intense Cos Labory I have ever tasted. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025+.
Robert Parker, April 2006,
Cos Labory is another estate that has made its finest wine in decades. The medium-bodied, structured, pure 2005 exhibits notes of creme de cassis, roasted herbs, and blueberries. Consume this impressively endowed St.-Estephe between 2013-2023.
Jancis Robinson, April 06,
Blackish crimson. Inky, rather pure and svelte. Very tight and neat and well drawn though pretty tough and austere on the finish. Classic though. Very, very like sucking on a stone! Drink 2017-27.
Wine Spectator, April 2006,
A silky and simple red with plum and berry character. Firm and silky tannins, with a medium finish. Slightly short, but could move up a notch after aging.
Château Cos Labory
Directly across the road from Cos d’Estournel in St Estephe, Ch Cos Labory is a historical under-performer that has been improving in leaps and bounds over the past decades. Bernard Audoy’s focus on improved vineyard practice, stricter selection and investment in the cellar has paid dividends. The 18 hectare vineyard Prices remain reasonable as quality rises and these wines are some of the best value in the Medoc.
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.