Very dark, supple, full bodied. Nose of cedar, herbs and mocha. At the mouth cofffe and black olives, very round and polished tannins, retaining the grip but with wonderful elegance, freshness and structure. Very long and pleasent finish.
Full- bodied and black purple, this wine is balanced like a word class acrobat, the aromatics range from black fruit to cassis to oak forest to a potpouri of spice. Rich and textured, there is licorice smoothness that you can swirl all night
This was good although it seemed as if it want giving anything up, maybe shutdown a bit. Chocolate and some coffee on the nose, ripe fruit that was muted if you will. It was there but seemed to be hiding. Nice mouthfeel and medium finish, I won't touch another for at least 5 years.
Ripe, but elegant, medium bodied bordeaux. Plenty of freshness here, along with red fruits and smoke. Finishes well, but not with the great power the scores would suggest. Should have a long life ahead, at least for the next 10-15+ years. Wouldn't say this is very near its peak and possibly somewhat shut down. Would wait another 5-10. Popped and poured, consumed over two hours.
Blackish rim with deep purple middle. Dark chocolate and pencil lead on nose with fruit starting to come through. Surprisingly drinkable now although tannins still dominate the tightish palate. Long multi-layered finish. Best Cos in a long time
This Cos '05 was drinking very nice, great tannins and structure, powerful wine with many years ahead of it, but may not be in the best drinking window right now as I believe it could have scored higher for this great vintage. Red berry fruit, nice nose, good but not great length to the finish.
OK. This is a BIG wine. It just tastes expensive. Everyone recognized it as the most expensive wine at the blind tasting, but it was not the most popular. There are other years I prefer, but there is no denying the "wow" factor.
Cos-Montrose Battle (Restaurant Bottles, Sas van Gent): Chockfull of fruit. Luxurious oak, gorgeous spice box aromas. Classic cloth, modern cut. Very broad, intense and distinguished. The fruit is insanely pure and well defined, garnished with a dash of cherry licqueur. This is regal stuff! And way to young, of course. 19/20
Brought to Diner en Blanc Cincinnati. Dense purple. Rich nose of blackberry, blueberry, mint, & cedar. Powerful palate of blackberry, cassis, plum, graphite, minerals, and toasty oak. Incredible length. Refreshing acidity. Sweet, youthful tannins. Still years from maturity. I'll wait a year or three before opening another bottle.
Deep ruby in color, with some lightening at the edges, tobacco, smoke, 5 spice, blackberry, cassis, cigar box and earthy aromas create the complex perfume. Full bodied and concentrated with flavor, this tannic, intense, long, fresh, pure wine demands cellaring. Give it at least a decade to soften and come together. This will be a very long lived wine and well reward consumers with the ability to wait, with a sublime tasting experience.
Infanticide, but we wanted a vacation splurge on Big Island and markup at Fairmount Orchid's restaurant, Brown, was less than 100% (a rarity here in Hawaii, it seems). We were unfortunately only able to give this a 30-minute decant, but this was/is still a fantastic bottle of Bordeaux. Delightfully muted graphite and sous-bois upon opening, yielding to just-barely sour cherry and brooding dark fruit with a blackberry emphasis. This is just fantastic, even though the drinking window has yet to begin! Sweet vanilla and mocha followed, with just a bit of wet leather making its appearance on the second glass. Chewy and delicious, but time needed to soften the tannins that only slightly mar the 30-second finish. Distant campfire on the last sip... WAIT for huge reward!!
Cos D'estournel has become one of my favorite wines. I started in St Estephe with Chateau Meyney, which became a full fledge Bordeaux passion within a few months. Cos is velvety and rich without being overbearing in any way. Chocolate, black pepper, currant is what I remember.
I have tried Cos from 1995, 1996 and now 2005 and each time there was a distinctive moment of YES! This is why I love wine.
Consumed over three hours, deep ruby color leads to a nose of cassis, blackberry, and tobacco box. Medium full body has amazing structure. Takes at least two hours in decantar before the fruit comes out but when it does.......Bam - big dark fruit and chocolate. The finish lasts 90 seconds easily. Drank this ten years too soon but an amazing bottle.
Popped and poured. Deep intense nose of mocha, blackberry, sweet oak and some licorice/mineral tone. Silky and satiny on the palate, large scaled but the texture is just spot on perfect. Deep flavors saturate the palate delivering some intense fruit and very balanced tannins resulting in a hedonistic experience that is just a notch below being over the top. Tannins show up on the long finish, but again they are fine grained and not hard or out of place. On texture alone this is a fantastic wine for enjoyment today but it will be fun to follow it as it evolves and takes on secondary and tertiary flavors from extended aging.
Ha! If this is "shut down" right now, then it's going to be all-conquering when it wakes up. Dark ruby, like what royalty should be drinking. Smells like lead pencil and smoky berries - I loved it from just sniffing the bottle right after popping the cork out. Oh the heck with it - it's like having a prolonged period of dry weather in autumn, and then walking through the woods as the first drops of rain hit the leaves on the ground. Things do need time to fully integrate, but if this is walled-off, then if you're patient with this wine it lifts you up where you can see over the wall, you can guess what will be there in the end, and you get a glimpse of a few things that may vanish forever before "prime time" arrives.
Berries, cherry, herbal, vanilla, banana tastes came in and out. I didn't decant it at all, which probably kept me from getting to other stuff, but what was there was pleasing indeed. Drank about 35% of the bottle and put the cork back in - the remainder of the wine and whatever lucky air got in had the rest of the night and the next day to themselves. Surprisingly, almost an entire day later, I found the tannins even more pronounced - the finish was frankly a little tough to take. That said, the nose, early and mid-palate had settled down into some velvety layers that one could lose themself in. It will be great to check back in with this wine in 6 or 10 years.
CellarTracker Wisconsin June 2011; 6/24/2011-6/25/2011 (Madison, WI- various venues): Tasted non blind at a large wine dinner. So hopefully no one will flame me in the Tasting Notes to Note forum for this but this note will apply to the Cos 2005, Pape Clement 2005 and Las Cases 2005 all tasted together. I tasted all three in quick succession initially and each stood out in different ways. The Cos had a lot of briar patch, the Las Cases had some nice cedar and cigar box and the Pape Clement basically tasted just like the Las Cases (at around half the price). All were tannic as all ever, as expected. Then I retasted in 10 minutes, these bottles had been double decanted and open for 7 hours or so by this point so what difference would 10 minutes in a glass make, well they were now totally different. The Las Cases now had more briar patch than the Cos, the fruit in the Pape Clement was taking on a sour element and the Cos was becoming more tannic by the second. Same thing after another 15 minutes or so, they were all three completely different. I even got into an argument (and lost) with jar1 at one point over which one was which (he was doing the same thing as I) as they had changed so much. In summary these all should evolve to be stellar wines but are evil temptresses for now. Unless you buy by the truckload, don't let anyone talk you into opening these for another 5-10 years at least. (And thank you, Jose, for treating us). Rating is 90-100 for each of them (except for the Las Cases, which I officially rate 91-100).
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose fo graham crackers, berries, white pepper and plums. Flavors of berries and cherries. Bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Hold? Very New World in style and obviously very young. No rating at this time.
CT Wisconsin Offline (Madison, WI): Massive, Massive sweet dark fruit, forest floor, cigar box. Silky smooth and incredibly approachable now. Great integration of oak. Mouth coating. Super long finish. Just brilliant!!
Gorgeous. Everything wine should be. Beautiful purple fruit on the nose. Dark fruits, silky tannins, incredible finish, drinking really well right now, good balance that should provide drinking pleasure for many years to come. 98+
This is still a baby. Very primary bouquet with all the luxurious elements you may expect in a top Bdx. Although the tannin is soft and friendly, which makes the wine already quite approachable, it needs many more years to show everything it has in store. I would wait at least until 2020. I agree with Rob MacKay and dxpian; beautiful notes. My score for now is 95 and over the years the wine will add at least another 2 points.
Yes, it's young, but I've been wanting to try this wine for a while as it is the only vintage in the 86-06 range that I hadn't yet tried and having recently acquired an extra bottle I just had to dig in. And dig in is what you'll need to do if you open it tonight. While not completely closed up tight, it does take a significant amount of encouragement to shake it loose. The nose on this wine will keep you busy for a while as it shows a great mix of cigar box, hints of vanilla, cassis and a touch of moist soil. Great structure on the palate with layers and layers of complex fruit flavors and a really long finish. Once this wine has the time to develop that trademark St Estephe funk and the tannins fully integrate you'll have a magic elixir of goodness on your hands. One of the top 3 or 4 vintages of Cos that I've had. (90,95,03,05)
This is a true beauty! Primarily purple color with a smear of ruby hue. Predominantly blackberry, black currant, crème de cassis aromas surrounding just a hint of red fruit with sour cherry and cranberry coming through. Less typical St. Estèphe's sweet vanilla chocolate present on the nose, but instead, a much more Pauillac, and even a little bit of Margaux-like character of coffee, cigar box, leather and smoke in the bouquet. Full-bodied, this wine is rich, intense and powerful! An attack of black currant, blackberry and licorice leads to a beautiful, perfumed, well-structured and chewy mid-palate. Long finish, and the only imperfection with the wine is evident on the finish, where tannin dominates for over 25 seconds before a nice, complex, breath-taking aftertaste starts to show with ripe cherry, plum, cassis, cedar, pencil shavings, licorice and all in perfect harmony. Needs lots of time, I mean LOTS, to soften its edges, and unbelievable amount of complexity in the bouquet and on the palate will develop with bottle age. So, don’t open it yet, but if you must drink now, decant at least for 5 hours, yes, FIVE hours, because my 4 hours of decanting did not do me justice at all, as the tannin did not seem to have integrated even slightly... Open after 2015.
Ready to drink now. The surprise in a vertical tasting was how well the 1975, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1985 vintages held up to similar scores as the 05 at considerably less auction prices for the older wines.
I am sure that in 10 years or so the wine is going to be much better than today. Right now I am sorry but it did not impress me. By FAR I would drink a Nicolas Catena Zapata @ $100 than this wine @ 250. Very closed in spite of 5 hour decant, nice aroma, very very very fine and sweet tanins. I have 11 bottles at home and I will not open another in at least 5 years. The wine is simply not ready at all to be drank.
Cos d'Estournel & Tokaj-Hétszőlő With Jean-Guillaume Prats (Wine Exchange - Orange, CA): Wow where to start with this beast? The bouquet is shockingly complex with delicate tones of flowers, earth, stones, and mint interleaved with the pure berry and currant extract. There is huge density, significant oak, and heady yet sweet tannins on the palate. The flavors are complex and radiant with specific notes of currant, blackberry, herbs, minerals, and earth. Everything about this wine is massive but the remarkable balance makes it surprisingly approachable. I believe this vintage has the most potential due to the structure and the staggering complexity already apparent. 97+
Jean-Guillaume Prats of Cos d'Estournel and some gorgeous Tokaji (Wine Discount Center - Chicago): A profound wine of enormous extraction while retaining balance. A tour de force that will age effortlessly for three or more decades. This is first growth quality juice in my book. The color is a star bright royal purple with a black core that is opaque throughout. This displays a sexy, voluptuous style on the nose you can't help but smile with each inhale. Really young there are gobs of dark black and blue berries, earth, dark and milk chocolate, purple flowers - lilacs. Both New and Old World styling show aromatically. Overall though the aromas are all about the underlying spice that shows in every other aspect of the nose. Heavily layered. The palate comes across pure and very clean. Again, lots of rich big fruit accompanied by enough minerality and spice to make the juice in harmony and unique. There are considerable sweet tannins with precise acidity. Lay this down for a bit or give it a good 4-6 hour decant. This is the real deal. Highly recommended for any collector's cellar.
Well... this is the tale of two wines, and after drinking a little I am left with a question about the future of this wine and others like it. To begin, the fruit profile and texture of this wine are nothing less than incredible. I mean the wine is so fluid and the fruit is so balanced. There is coolness to this wine, and the black and cool dark blue aromatic fruits are nothing short of amazing. At the same time I am being amazed by the fruit and texture of this wine, I am being nagged by an overwhelming and overpowering raw grainy oak/vanilla drying oak component. My question to myself, and to anyone else, will the wine shed its obvious oak and reach some of the heights of the '82, '85, '86, '89, or, '90, or should I box 'em up and sell/trade them for some 2009 Germans, or 2008/2009 Burgundies, etc. Cos usually shows pretty well young, but I don't ever remember this much aggressive oak in one before.
Tasted as part of Cos d'Estournel vertical with Cincinnati Mondiale du Vin ('82, '85, '96, '00, '05). WOTN for me. Dark purple, Nose of blackberry and smoke. Full palate of blackberry, graphite, minerals and new oak. Amazing length. A laser beam of fresh acidity. Grippy, grippy tannins. Surprisingly accessible, but infanticide nevertheless.
Very Dark in color. First sniff was hit with spices (almost x-mas like?) and dark fruit. Not giving much else at this point. Shut down. Excellent length & balance. Can't wait to give this a try 10 years from now to see where it is. Should be deserving of a higher score down the road. Very well made wine.
WGS: 2005 Bordeaux; 4/17/2010-4/18/2010 (Hilton Hotel Singapore): An absolutely elegant wine with mineral laced palate of classic clean bright fresh and pure au naturel cabernet fruit. Really the tai tai among the queens. This is just cool and clear headed in a sea of big hunky hurly burly wines . Retains poise, some cedar oak, spice notes and dark polished red fruits. A great wine waiting to be explore but relatively unrelenting now as well. Definitelym almost sound asleep. With time , I suspect this will improve.
Christmas bottle, from cellar. Decanted through Vinturi aerator, then held 2 hours. Black. Shiny. Red rim. Blackberries, black currant, oak, and noble leather. A wine that exudes confidence and even a swagger. This is a hibernating bear coaxed to show its power, and it rose from slumber to do just that. Second day was also a demonstration of breed and effortless ability to cruse at 140mph all day. It is all there for a huge future. Wait until 2015+.
Also a great set-up for comparison to the new 2009 at Primeur, and the entirely new receiving line and tank room. If 2009 can hurdle this wine, we will know such extravagant investment can actually yield results a wine lover can appreciate. We shall see!
Decanted for 4 hours, doing a double. One of four bottles that I own. Black and the rim is just crystalline. The nose is illuminating and takes you somewhere that is nondescript, yet utopian. Leather, fresh orange peel, chocolate syrup, and some dark fruit. The palate is legendary and the nexus is quite evident. The finish is longer than a minute. The tannins are velvety, yet tough. This would benefit from some time away in confinement. Glorious, just wait. The best Cos ever!!! Better than '00, '03, '86 and '95. It really is that good. Drink 2016 -.
This looks like black ink. Oak, Cassis, blackberry, spice, coffee and licorice make a beautiful perfume. In the mouth, you get a blast of ripe, black fruit with a long finish. Tannic, but the tannins are polished. I would not drink this Bordeaux wine young. But I think it will be open and offer pleasure before the 06. I hate to say it, as much as I love the 05 and I do love it, I still prefer the 03
Cedar, carob and red raspberry on the nose. More carob and grain flavor, chocolate, blackberries, coffee, and some green spice. Lots of tannins and acidity. Tannins are still slightly bitter and green at this stage. The finish is very long and enjoyable. I hope to drink a few more bottles before it shuts down and I would expect this to garner a few more points after it wakes up again. This is one of the best '05's I have tasted at this young age.
Survey of Bordeaux (Our House -- Philadelphia): Along with 2000 Pontet Canet, this was the red wine of the night. Absolute stunner that should easily be a 96-98 point wine after all is said and done (the tasting note is based on what I tasted, but the potential is extraordinary). Deep dark color. Complex nose. Coffee, mocha, black fruit, spice. Required some coaxing. This is big and tannic right now, but is still approachable. Black fruit, spice all framed by oak. Coats the entire mouth. Brooding wine. Amazing finish that really never quits, but I had to move on the next wine. Seriously, the finish should be measured in minutes, not seconds.
Dark purple in colour with a thick oily pour. You can almost chew this Cos, massive amounts of dark fruit and it feels quite hot right now, reminds me slighty of some of the better spanish high alcohol wines like Clio. Clearly much to young too drink, but it is still good and approachable, which I think is a great testament to this vintage.
4 hours of testing : Cos 2005, a new aroma de Cos, modern…no muddy smell at all. Hints of some flower underneath..ดอกชงโค.. chocolate gets along with mild espresso and mild bloody of Rightbank Merlot. The smell is not widely opened but good dept and charming.
The structure is full score, perfect ABC, acid, balance, complex. Compact, dense and very big. Full delicate tannin, wonderful tannic as it was made to be drunk at this moment, only the scents needs more aging to show more fantastic in the future.
The aftertaste…oh…no…more powerful than La Mondotte 1997 (testing together). The only one way ticket downs and never come back. Bleeding inside !!! The best Cos I’ve ever tested. If you didn’t stick with the old muddy style, this wine is truly perfect…only 1-2 points is missing from the score in its part of aroma and bouquet…It may gets the 100/100 score in the future when everything is right on track. who’s know ?
Drink now ? I must open 2 hours and say Oh Yeah....!!!
More forward showing that 10 months ago. Decanted 6+ hours. Black currant nose. Very dark inky color- more so than any other wine tonight. More redfruit than before, but mainly dark fruit. Some cinnamon. Huge power but with perfect balance. Limited complexity but not as monolithic as 10 months ago. One of the wines of the vintage. drink 15+ years from now.
From the Outside Looking In-More 2005 Bordeaux (K&L Wines, San Francisco): By far the blackest, most deeply saturated wine of the tasting. Other than some oak, little showing through on the nose. Massive wine with sweet blackberry and cassis fruit and a significant wood imprint. Almost syrupy because of lower acidity and buried tannins. Very long finish, but this could use more shape and focus. Perhaps this will come with time. No lack of material here, that's for sure.
Decanter Fine Wine Encounter (Landmark Hotel, London): Deep colour, slight mauve on rim with a orange tinge on the core. A good underhint of green pepper and black fruit. This filled out and softened up after an hour. The palate was a little dumb to start but wakes up with some spice. Intensity builds through finish after a little lean spot. \
This filled out, improved a lot after 1 hour. Fruit came through, subtle balanced and refined.
I taste this wine in Takashimaya, Osaka, Japan. Opened 2 hours.
There is no '' muddy '' typical smell of Cos. The wine shows strongly chocolate scent, blueberry, some flowers, clean and deep beautiful bouquet...so different from the modern type 2000.
The body...Wowww...very smooth, elegant, perfect balance, very complex. Some amount of beautiful fine tannin but not tannic...really beautiful texture and the sommerlier in Takashimaya feels the same. Surprisingly ready to drink.
The best part is aftertaste : it builds up and follows the wine immediatly...robust down very smooth, very stable but very big and long too. This is new type of finished, I never met before...I wait for its return but no sign of coming back...That's amazing !!!
Brought to Cut in Beverly Hills. Decanted for 2 hours. Good nose of dark fruit and vanilla. New world style bordeaux. Obviously still very young but very balanced. Nice silky texture. Will be much better in a few years. Should put away for at least 5 years.
Raffles Hotel 120th Anniversary event (Raffles Hotel, Singapore): So, so good, but oh so young - this was absolutely infanticide. Dark, inky purpe in colour. Lots of dark fruit on the nose, with ripe blueberries and blackberries. The palate was dominated by its huge structure at first - stiff tannins and fresh acid - but a great backdrop of dark fruits that was lurking in the background started coming out with time, mingling with notes of minty eucalytptus, herbs (fennel and thyme?) and nice oaky notes. Very nice, very mouthwatering. There are all sorts of disparate bits now, but it will integrate in time to make a glorious wine. This will be a stunner when its time comes - a wine with superb, superb potential. I think it will do better than the 2003, which is otherwise an accomplished wine in its own right and drinking far better at this point of time.
Almost black in color. This is a massive wine with gobs of ripe, black fruit with hints of fennel and equal amounts of tannin. This has a lot of structure and will need serious cellar time. Due to the intense concentration, the wine will reward cellaring, but, this is not a wine to enjoy young.
Opaque in color. Full bodied and concentrated with mountains of ripe dark berries, licorice, cassis, spice and tannin. The tannins are not as ripe or polished as those found in the 2003. The wine does not appear to share the same levels of complexity as the 2003 either. Make no mistake, this is outstanding, but if you could only have one, grab the 2003.