Very nicely balanced wine with an initial impression of charred mulberry then evolving to a finessed balance of tannic dryness and fresh acidity. The body is perfectly weighted to feel susbstantial but not heavy.
Poured a glass to test, leaving it for 90mins. Brighter coloured than expected. Blackberry-dominated, with plum, cocktail cherry, five-spice, sage and more leather than expected on the nose at this stage. Very fine, ripe but firm tannins (something I now associate with 2005) and lovely persistent chocolate finish. The front end is very concentrated and, whilst fresh, a little tough to drink at this stage - much riper and sweeter than I expected, and really needs another 10yrs (ideally 20-30 since this will improve and age for decades). Drink 2025-2040. Will compare with a glass of 1990 Cos (another ripe year) later. 96-98pts.
After reading all the amazing reviews, I was expecting something truly special. Yes it is excellent, but it's not fabulous like many have reported. I decanted it about three hours before dinner and it peaked at approximately 4 hours...Very classic, it reminded me of the 1996, but with less intensity. Tannins are very smooth, but it lacks two attributes: intensity and length. On the other hand, it's perfectly balanced. Unfortunately, it's absolutely not worth the price...Very disappointed.
Epic night (Ruth's Chris Parsippany): I really thought this would be like the Smith Haut Lafite and too young, but it was coming into its own and seemed in a really nice spot. Not that it's not terribly young, but the decant opened up the flavors and had some great black currant, leather, clove going. Very good wine.
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(Château Cos d'Estournel) Very dark red violet color; cedar, tart currant, light herb, marjoram, coffee nose; plush, tart currant, coffee, marjoram, tart black currant palate with firm tannins; needs 6-plus years yet; long finish
(Chateau Cos d'Estournel St Estèphe) This is a real contrast to Calon, with a pure, ethereal and complex perfume of fruit and flowers on the nose, overlaid with grainy, honeyed oak, and just a few elements of charcoal. The palate is very polished at first, but then reveals a slightly coarser element with a huge core of tannins. Lovely flavour of fruit though. Lots of structure, lovely fresh acidity, and no doubt great potential for the future. An excellent result but it needs 10-15 years.
(Chateau Cos d'Estournel) COLOR-dark; NOSE-some black cherry, leather & Asian spice, but quite tight right now; TASTE-great complexity; bright cherries are coming through; the polish is intense; I still taste the lingering finish on this classic Bordeaux; the back-end tannins completely convince me that this wine has the potential age for 50+ years; an amazing freshness; as this wine develops, I'm looking forward to the 2nd tier flavors on the mid-palate; dark fruits dominate this wine (black cherries & black fruit); the finish is staggeringly long; this is textbook & classic Bordeaux; great effort; GV-98+