Dark ruby turning brick on edges. Blackberry nose with black cherries, saddle leather, crushed black pepper, forest floor and pine needles. Delicious palate full of black fruit, blackberries, cherries, pomegranate. Well integrated tannins, full-bodied, silky texture and medium finish. Probably too generous with the 93 last time, but nevertheless a lovely Cos.
Expressive, mineral-laden Nose with lots of roasted green chile and pencil lead, and slight floral note. Medium-full bodied on the palate. Open and drinking well today: purple berry; strong roasted green chile or bell pepper flavor; hints of spice and leather; good acidity; integrated tannins; 13% alc. not noticeable. Seems to be in its peak drinking window: I don't think this has much, if any, room for further improvement.
Delicious bottle. Maybe not as deep and rich as a Cos from a strong vintage, but the quality shined through for certain. Great balance, a nose that was apparent as the bottle opened, wonderful flavors. Sorry it was my last. Decanted (small-bottom decanter) for about 60 min. The wine did not seem to change much through the meal.
Joli nez, fumé, cèdre et cerises. Bouche délicate, un peu mince , avec de la classe et de la finesse, une finale courte. Un petit millésime bien réussi, mais pas un grand vin. On l'apprécie mieux quand on ne pense pas au prix! 88 pts
Bouchon en excellente condition. Robe évoluée. Nez sur les fruits noirs, bleuets et confitures. Arômes tertiaires présents mais non désagréables. En bouche, l'attaque est sur le fuit, le poivron vert et la réglisse noire. Les tannins sont bien intégrés, l'acidité est franche. La finale est agréable et moyennement longue. Un vin à point et bien équilibré.
This was a wonderful experience of drinking a first class terroir Bordeaux at its peak if not just on the descent. Popped and poured, which I recommend; the next day it was too tired. Lovely dark hue and only light bricking. Classic forest floor nose, noble, wet leather, rigid oak, sappy and deep bouquet of red currants and dark plums in the background. Superbly elegant as it glided into the mouth with black currants and a medium/long persistent bitter tobacco finish. It did pick up a little freshness after one hour but carafing would tire it out. Absolutely delicious; finesse in a bottle!
Blind tasted. temperature 14'C. Black color with turning borders: should be 10 years old approximately. Nose noble, not a hint of make up, just character : association of light leather, sap, black pepper and black ink. Mouth very classy, medium bodied but perfect balance between, dark fruit and flowers, burned flavors and smooth tannins: roasted Costa Rica coffee, black tulip, with black pepper and dusty finish. Amazing for everybody, hyper well made wine in an average year, could be a Barrolo to, but Bordeaux right bank 1999 is the best answer I could give. If this wine was a human it would be the queen of the Masai fron Kenya.
From magnum with only 15 minutes of air time. A nice standard BDX nose, but there's something to be said about that. So many Napa based wines would love to be able to mimic that. Very juicy body but a bit hollow mid-palate. Overall a touch vegetal but tasty and balanced. Was consumed without food but I'm sure this would show much better. Much thanks for sharing this Randy!
I drank this after a bottle of '01 Cos. The '97 blew the '01 away. The color is faded brick on the edges. The nose is classic Cos with leather, cassis, and tobacco. The taste is multi-dimensional with layers of primary fruit wrapped in secondary flavors of saddle, cigar, and cedar. The finish has high acidity for being 13 years old and lasts for about 20-30 seconds. This wine can go for another 10 years, but I feel like I hit it at its peak.
Short 1 hour decant and split among 6 people. Paired with roasted lamb and wild rice. Nose of black pepper, briar patch and cassis. Taste matched the nose very closely with a medium finish. Interesting how consistent this wine was from nose through palette and finish. Despite the CT drinking window, this one seems to have at least a few more years of life left.
Nice, fairly easy-to-drink Bordeaux. Didn't need a lot of air, and had a lovely bouquet straight away. Aroma of concentrated Blackcurrant, mint, tobacco and especially green pepper. I would rank the aroma alone 95 pts. The taste was a bit more simple, but still nice. Acidic, but not overly so, and hints of tobacco and bright berries. Will keep my last bottle for 2 more years.
Amazing bottle of wine. Very dark, almost plasma. Very fine example of a St. Estephe (maybe the finest). Drinking well at this time. The nose and aroma are just perfection. I had tastes of blackcurrents, spices and pepper...
Ruby (dark) with brick-colour around the edges. Nose: backcurrant, mint, herbal, pencil lead, leather. Palate: Delicate, relatively high acidity, tannins well integrated. Blackcurrant, mint, herbs. Medium long.
Ruby turning dark brick at edges, medium-fast legs. Beautiful nose of mint, blackberries, cherries and a hint of chocolate. Predominantly Cab, (despite 45% merlot). Ripe fruit, well-integrated tannins. Elegant, if not sophisticated, but knocks spots off the '97 Mouton Rothschild. I fell in love with Cos when I drank a '53 in Dec 2003, with my brother on his 50th birthday, and the love affair continues. Full-bodied, juicy texture, finish not the longest, but a great drink nonetheles. Now to 2012.
The wine looks Tawny colored. It smells like Forest floor, Cedar, Meaty, Lead Pencil, and Tobacco. It tastes like and Cedar. The body is Medium/Full. The wine is textured Polished. The wine finishes Medium.
Pleasant wine but unfortunately short finish. Decant only short time (next two glasses) and have it with light food. Compared to other 97's (esp. my favorite 97 Ducru Beaucaillou) this is not fully living up excpectations. Drink through 2010/11. Next bottle 8/8/2010: better bottle with longer finish; still not reaching the DB. Would rate it 89 now and will drink last bottle this year.
It's not often that I have a Bordeaux with some age on it. This did not disappoint. Nice plum aromas that were affirmed on the initial taste. Eventually this faded to a slight oak and slight spice. There was still some fine granularity in the finish. I don't have any significant experience with aged Bordeaux, but IMHO this wine does not have much time left. Perhaps through 2011.
Had at The Palace in The Cincinnatian Hotel on a business trip. Great service and a great meal including a braised pork shank that just melted off the bone and into my mouth.
This was one of the last bottles from the 4 cases we bought for our wedding in 2004. A little light on the nose compared with more illustrious vintages but on the palate it is unmistakably Cos. Still drinking well.
Drunk from a half bottle that's been well stored, base neck fill. Popped and poured.
Beautiful garnet robe, brick disc. The nose is the most important component of a wine for me, and I love this one. I really like being able to smell the bouquet while I'm decanting - always a good sign in my book! Intoxicating lead pencil, leather, brambly crushed fruits mix with just the right amount of barnyard; there's some spice and smoke in here too (but the good kind). Beautiful, diaphanous nose that is classically Bordeaux and reminds me of why I drink wine. The nose is just so beautiful.
It took me a while to get around to the palate, which is a lot simpler than the nose. Here it's the pencil lead and a really nice plum note that take the fore, with an oaky finish to follow. Medium in body, acidity balanced well, medium-high gritty tannins. With some air, nice notes of tobacco but this is drinking well as soon as the cork is popped. I wouldn't decant too long.
Perhaps a bit wanting in concentration, but then again I don't care all that much given how nice this nose is. Personally, I think this has got some time yet. Perhaps another 5 years at this level, but there's really no reason not to go for this one right now. Makes sense that this is a '97 given the ever-so-slightly dilute palate, but what a wonderful showing for Cos in terms of qpr. QPR aside, I really like this. Reminds me of some of the classics that got me started on this whole thing...
With air, pencil shavings and nice cigar. But really - this is one to pop and pour. Decant for sediment, serve immediately. Best in the first 30 minutes.
This has evolved into an elegant, seamless wine, with tobacco, damp earth and cedar notes. There is little acidity in the mid-palate, so I expect that it will hold its balance for only a couple of years. Right now, however, its a beautiful wine.
Yowza! Picked this little chap up for £30 in a sale at the local wine shop and I have to say it is rocking right now. Wonderful nose of tobacco leaf, balsamic, damp soil, cedar - very complex and mature. Nice whack of menthol coming through as well. In the mouth it is much better than I was expecting for a 1997 - sweetness there, but backed up with a nice grippy tannic backbone that is not shouting out over the fruit but rather working with it to deliver up a nice complete semi-mature St Estephe. Lacks real punch in the mid-palate but this is more of a vintage issue - the more I drink these 97's the more I am liking them right now. This has a few years on it but there is nice tension right now between the acidity, tannins and fruit
Medium dense brick ruby. Decanted about 30 minutes before first glass, with good profit for the nose. Initially cassis, with pencil lead, and with some nice fresh tilled black soil and dried mushroom. After a bit seemed to pick up some red fruits. Much later moved back toward a plum/prune aroma. There is also a lifted sweet spice element. Body is quite silky. Mixed berries with a dusting of spice. Tannins nearly gone. There isn't a lot of complexity and not much power, but it is remarkably smooth and balanced.
I don't see any upside for longer aging, but it seems like it will hold in for a while longer. Seemed to oscillate between an 89 to 90 for me. Since it was hanging in pretty well day two I'll give it the 90.
Vertical with 1996 on the same evening. 97 open much faster than 96, when open taste like a juicy not like a wine, not mouth feeling and after taste, but the nose is good, leather and earth. After put into the decanter and stay for about 30 minutes, the wine change much better, the Cos's feel coming back, but the finishing is short.
Blackberry, chocolate, touch of herbs and lead pencil developing on the nose. Blackberry again with a touch of lead pencil on entry. Fruits do get a wee touch more concentrated a touch of cassis towards the end. Tannins almost non existant initially, though good structure. They do start to encroach towards the end.
An honest wine with no great concentration or intensity. But I feel with 5-10 years left in it. (89)
The wine took at least 4 hrs to open up. This is well below Cos quality in other vintages i had. Nose gave notes of wood, mushroom, hint of strawberry. Fruit was not obvious on the palate, although wine was rounded. Not great - buy one bottle of the 96 rather than 2 of the 97.
Sweet nose - fruit and vegetables, but totally dry. First taste was soft and supple, with the tannins nearly gone, primarily leather with very, very light fruit (sour cherry or plum); the fruit is more apparent on the long finish.
After about 30 minutes, the wine develops to be even softer, with a hint of chocolate.
I realize that there are a of doubts about '97 Bordeaux. So far, I have had no problems (this is second or third wine of the vintage I have had). The bottle is a classic Cos in many ways. The tannins are present, but very well-balanced and in check. The wine has taste and some depth, but it is not fruity by any stretch of the imagination. We let this sit for about 90 minutes before we drank it over the course of a prime rib dinner. It opened up (or evolved because it was fine at first) over the course of the meal. I will let the next one sit for 3 hours or so just to see the difference. Very pleasant.
Dinner out with Lurdan and Mrs. D. A lovely Cos in a lighter style. Ready to drink with a half hour of breathing, this wine exhibits a classic nose of barnyard and cassis. What follows is a charming, open-knit wine with plenty of peppery, dark fruit and loads of casis, as well as a hint of lead pencil. Despite its 45% Merlot content, the wonderful chocolate notes found in other underrated Cos, such as the 1988, are absent and the Cabernet component is completely dominant. Tannins are fully integrated and quite refined. The wine neither improved nor declined over the 2 hours, suggesting another several years of enjoyment, but no pay off from additional cellaring. Certainly not a blockbuster, this is beautiful claret representing a good value if purchased for $50 or less.
This was opened by a friend over the weekend in Michigan next to the 1997 Lafite Rothschild at their anniversary dinner. The cepage of this wine is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. 1997 was a poor year in Bordeaux but this wine showed some character. It was a far cry from the quality of either the 1996 or 2000 Cos d'Estournel's that I have had in the last 5 years. We decanted this wine for 3 hours before dinner. It was moderately sedimented. A lot of character on the nose with pencil shavings, charcoal and forest floor aromas. This was medium bodied with integrated tannins. Notes of dried mushrooms, black fruit and roses. The finish was shorter than I expected. 90-91 points.
had this with my dad for his 70th (yup, we had a few--what's the point of having a cellar otherwise). A very solid wine. I suspect others, including my dad, would have given this a 91-2. I'm just not a big claret fan. This had a bold nose of sandlewood and mint though a bit monolithic to my taste (nose). Flavors were round, graphite, mint, cassis, leather. The usual suspects that make good bordeaux. Just not the liveliness and acidity (ok, pretty much the same thing) that I hope for from a (food) wine. A great deal (24 bucks) and a wine to make bordeaux fans (hi dad) happy, but leaves me a little cold. If you are one of those fans, you'll like this wine and it should continue to hold (maybe even improve) for the next 5-10 years.
Splash decanted and into the glasses. Wonderful earthy, stockyard notes on the nose. The color had maybe just a tinge of fading at the edges but no real obvious signs of age. Flavors were fantastic and layered with a nice long finish. We opened a 98 Cos right after this one and it was not even in the same league.
I always love older wine but Cos 1997 when compare with 1993, every single of its texture is clearly better. This is a good example of original Cos. Nose of clean mud, elegance, very typical style. Nice acid and balance, nice aftertaste too.
1990,1995 are very heavy, I feel uncomfortable with them...1996 is recommended...
For the smaller budget...1997 is the one and the only !!! ( 89++/100 )
My friend Vassilis Papadopoulos brought this bottle at home. Deep ruby color with some hues of onion skin color to the edges. Attractive nose with hints of dust, tobacco, leather, fresh walnut, plum, wood and gentle oaky vanilla. Medium - bodied with well integrated tannins and a velvety finish (about 30 sec). Ready to drink now, but with a good ageing potential for the next 5 or 6 years.
Just an evening to compare some juice w/ friends: Nicely balanced between mature -which will not compliment this wine - and youthful temperament. Good acids layered on red fruit. A shadow of Cos distinctiveness. Enjoyable, played well with steak.
Nothing wrong here. Complex nose with notes of leather, pencil lead, old books (not TCA). Robust attack with tempered mid-palate and finish. Classic bordeaux dusty tannins. Probably catching this at peak maturity. Ratings be damned; I could drink this every night.
This was my third bottle of this since release. Starting to develop a bit. Not as tight or tart as the first two. This time reeking of cedar. The fruit here now is 100% cassis and the dominant flavor is cedar. There is a somewhat weedy bitterness on the finish. Unmistakeably cabernet dominated despite the 45% merlot in the mix. Not a great vintage obviously but a decent effort. I actually prefer the 96 Pagodes de Cos which is a at least a 90/100.
Big nose of tobacco and pepper with the signature St. Estephe dusty tannins. Purple/red color looking much younger than the Pichon Lalande and Leoville Barton it was (single-blind) tasted with. Medium to full body, but a bit hollow on the mid palate. Good, long tannin-dusted finish. Although all the pieces are here, it had little charm and wasn't much fun to drink. Of the three, this has the best potential to last. But will it improve? (Dinner at Fringale; picked this one out correctly). (Rating includes potential to age: otherwise it would be lower).
Still quite a youthful appearance. Open earthy hedgerow nose with concentrated fruit behind. Soft. Good fruit. Decent structure. Tannins are slow to show themselves but they appear on the finish, with a touch of spice. Interesting structure. Slightly raw flavour on finish and after, and a bit short. Good (just) 60% Cabernet; 40% Merlot