Fully mature and from a very well kept bottle, this '61 Cos displayed a deep, opaque garnet core with amber ageing to the rims. Despite being over fifty years old the wine was still packed with surprisingly fragrant aromas of black currants, tobacco, old leather chair as well as some distinctly herbaceous and minty notes. This old beauty kept evolving in the glass over the course of the hour it took to drink it, opening up gracefully to reveal layer upon layer of dried apricots, caramel, cedar wood and lead pencil. I was also surprised by the firm tannins and soft texture as well as the pleasantly long finish considering the age of the wine. A superb wine from a legendary vintage. Enjoy this great Cos now.
Bordeaux 1961 - Mini Horisontal (Le Sommelier, Copenhagen): Smokey hay on the nose with a little green bell pepper and misc spices. Mild and pleasant palate with leather but only a little fruit left. Lacks a little flavor but otherwise a very "comfortable" wine. Compared to other notes the bottle was perhaps a little off?
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(Chateau Cos d'Estournel St Estèphe) English bottled. A good density here, a mature claretty hue out to the rim, and an interesting nose, of wet stones, cool minerals, mushrooms and just a little vegetal note in the background. It takes a little while to open up, but as it does so it becomes apparent that this is very classically styled. Full, a nice weight, good fruit and firm acidity. This has a good presence, with a light, elegant, rather detached texture. Slightly hot on the finish, starting to show its failings here. Will be going downhill soon I think. Drink up now.
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