A beautifully aged Bordeaux that offers immense drinking pleasure, which many CT tasters seem to agree on. The attraction begins with the first pour, gorgeous clear ruby color, follows up with aromatics of red fruits, graphite, tobacco leaf, spice and bit of leather, awesome stuff. Medium mouth feel that is pure and clean, fruity notes still remain, plus bitter tea leaf and earth. Tannins are all softened up, and finish is long lasting. This is at its peak and definitely worth trying and enjoy.
Great to taste this wine again! Beautiful and rustic bouquet with still good mature cassis. On the palate cassis and other dark forest fruits still, earthy flavors, good acidity and tannin with still a good bite. Beautifully balanced and a great length. Mature Bordeaux can be sooo beautiful! Can probably last another 5 years if you are lucky enough to have a perfect bottle.
Five Decades of Cos D'Estournel with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Was ranked second after the stellar 1990, and once again a beautiful performance of 1985 vintage. Had a nice sweet core of fruit, well round, silky wine. Very aromatic, classic nose, showing a fair amount of secondary notes, still however with a healthy dose of fruit. This seems to be going strong and performed a lot better than the last time we came across it. 94-95 easy and drink now
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(Château Cos d'Estournel) Bricking dark red violet color; appealing, sweet tobacco, salty plum, dried currant nose; tasty, mature, dried currant, tart plum, tobacco, anise palate with firm, sweet tannins; has decades more to go; medium-plus finish 94+ points
(Château Cos d'Estournel) Group's #3 (my #2) – 31 pts.; 0, 2, 3, 0 - bricked dark red violet color; very mature, weedy, tobacco, roast coffee nose; mature, tart black fruit, charcoal, tangy, bell pepper palate; medium-plus finish (overly mature bottle; weakest showing ever of this wine for me, which I've had many times and usually score around 94 points)
(Château Cos d'Estournel) Group's #1 (my #3) – 12 pts; 4 1st place votes, zero 2nd place votes, 1 third, 0 last places – Bricking dark red violet color with pale meniscus; complex tobacco nose; dense palate of tobacco, tart cassis, tart plum and fig; long finish 93+ pts.