Very deep, dark purple with strong almost meaty flavors. This is not a lightweight. I didn't get a lot on the nose. Palate has moderate fruit although a bit more evident with time and air. WIne leans towards darker fruits and still drinking very young and showing very little of secondary let along tertiary qualities. No rush here
Souper de fête Charles et Martin: Joli nez de petits fruits noirs, de cassis, racé. Belle texture crémeuse, les tanins sont ronds, c'est un vin qui a beaucoup d'élégance, quoique pas le plus long. Un vin charmeur que tous ont adoré. 92 pts
This could be the wine of the vintage. There is ample depth, sweetness of fruit, silky tannins and a regal character with notes of dark chocolate, boysenberries and spice in the finish. Decanted 30 minutes, the wine got better and better as it built up steam. Yes, if you want to picky, there is a touch of grit in the finish, but there is such a beautiful wealth of quality to the fruit, I did not care. And due to the weakness of the vintage, the wine sells for a song, compared to the top vintages of COS. This is not a wine to invest in, but it's definitely a wine to drink.
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(Cos d'Estournel) Nose of spicey oak, forest floor, cigar and some exotic spices. Palate was juicy and ripe with nice richness and concentration. Sweet and ripe tannins with great length. Young but very accesible now.
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