Château Cos d'Estournel

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend

9.3178 ratings
9.347 pro ratings
St. Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Daron Watson

a subtly sumptuous nose w gorgeous array of fruits ~ great length w soft dusty tannins

a subtly sumptuous nose w gorgeous array of fruits ~ great length w soft dusty tannins

Sep 5th, 2019
Martin G Rivard

Now we are talking!!!
Bordeaux nose, Sattler leather, dark fruit, smoke, floral, deep dark and delicious!

Now we are talking!!!
Bordeaux nose, Sattler leather, dark fruit, smoke, floral, deep dark and delicious!

Apr 20th, 2018
Bob McDonald

Mid crimson with a garnet rim. Lovely aromas of Tobacco and dried leaf. Beautiful balance on the palate with M intensity. Great effort for a difficult hot vintage. Great wine given the conditions. No need for further cellaring. As good as you could expect from a 15 year old 2nd growth in a hot vintage.

Mid crimson with a garnet rim. Lovely aromas of Tobacco and dried leaf. Beautiful balance on the palate with M intensity. Great effort for a difficult hot vintage. Great wine given the conditions. No need for further cellaring. As good as you could expect from a 15 year old 2nd growth in a hot vintage.

Mar 11th, 2018
Rob B
9.2

Little wine party at home

Little wine party at home

Nov 18th, 2017
Bob McDonald

Decided to continue drinking my 2003 Bordeaux from this hot year. This was in excellent condition. Rich crimson with a garnet edge. Aromatics of dry plum and cassis with pronounced cedar box - like the aromas you get from pulling out a chest of drawers in an antique shop. All in all obviously left bank Bordeaux. Medium weight mellifluous palate with perfect balance finishing with sandy fine tannins. Julia Harding’s drinking window of 2010 to 2018 proved to be conservative. Wonderful claret.

Decided to continue drinking my 2003 Bordeaux from this hot year. This was in excellent condition. Rich crimson with a garnet edge. Aromatics of dry plum and cassis with pronounced cedar box - like the aromas you get from pulling out a chest of drawers in an antique shop. All in all obviously left bank Bordeaux. Medium weight mellifluous palate with perfect balance finishing with sandy fine tannins. Julia Harding’s drinking window of 2010 to 2018 proved to be conservative. Wonderful claret.

1 person found it helpfulJul 19th, 2020
Greg Gregory

PBFW 2016 Mentor Dinner. Double Mag

PBFW 2016 Mentor Dinner. Double Mag

1 person found it helpfulApr 2nd, 2016
Tom Kobylarz

The biggest and most full bodied wine of the evening was the Cos d'Estournel. From the hot 2003 vintage this also made it the youngest red of the evening. Big, irony, camp fire embers, black currants and cassis, toasty and well integrated oak buffer the wine. Time has peeled back some of that concentration revealing the heat that stuck out to me as the one big thing out of place. In the context of the vintage this might be OK but it turned me off. Good, but disappointing especially considering how critics went out of their way to speak of its lack of signs of heat.

The biggest and most full bodied wine of the evening was the Cos d'Estournel. From the hot 2003 vintage this also made it the youngest red of the evening. Big, irony, camp fire embers, black currants and cassis, toasty and well integrated oak buffer the wine. Time has peeled back some of that concentration revealing the heat that stuck out to me as the one big thing out of place. In the context of the vintage this might be OK but it turned me off. Good, but disappointing especially considering how critics went out of their way to speak of its lack of signs of heat.

Dec 23rd, 2016
Mike Smith

Owner/Winemaker Myriad Cellars

9.8

2003 is a great vintage. Time will prove it

2003 is a great vintage. Time will prove it

Dec 18th, 2016
Craig Haserot

Founder and Proprietor Sojourn Cellars

9.4

Wow this is good. In a great space now and for a while.

Wow this is good. In a great space now and for a while.

Dec 18th, 2016
Nico J. Snyman

Love Cos, not much of a fan of the '03's though, I'm not so sure the '03's will ever be a vintage that in 15 years we will be looking fondly on, just too much overripe(cooked) fruit character that will only maderize as time goes on.

Love Cos, not much of a fan of the '03's though, I'm not so sure the '03's will ever be a vintage that in 15 years we will be looking fondly on, just too much overripe(cooked) fruit character that will only maderize as time goes on.

Dec 6th, 2016