15 Vintages of Cos d'Estournel (Ripple - Washington, DC): Smells of warm spices, concentrated dark fruit. Bold and rich with dense tannins but some velvety aspects sneak through. Rich earth, roasted nuts, cedar, cigar box and underlying spices layer the dark currant fruit. Very young (I'd love to retaste in 10 years), but yet shows an undeniably attractive essence and a surprisingly creamy finish.
Cos d'Estournel Vertical with Aymeric de Gironde (Ripple Restaurant in DC): A beautiful way to start. Intense cassis driven nose, a hint of cab vegetal, noticeable oak which is not bothersome for me, incense, flowers, dust and mineral. Excellent concentration, bright acidity and noticeable tannins, decadent cassis driven palate impression and sweet long finish. Very 08 in acidity and tannins, very Cos in high extraction, modern impression and oak. I noticed some wood tannins. Needs additional ten years to reach the first stage of peak but really enjoyable in very primary modern Bordeaux way.
Chateau Cos d'Estournel Dinner (The Bristol - Chicago IL): A big step up vs 2002 in the next glass. Boysenberry and black cherry with good power. still firm, but starting to show its lush fruit with softening structure. Close to its peak drinking window, this will be a good medium-term drinker, 2017-2028.
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(Chateau Cos d'Estournel St Estèphe) This is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, and comprises 78% of the estate's production. Harvest ran from September 29th to October 13th, average yield just 27 hl/ha. Good firm fruit on the nose, fresh but moving towards dark fruit in style. Showing less oak than Pagodes, or La Goulée. Tightly formed on the palate, although it is at least expressive. A nice, ripe grip in the background, a little silky but with texture and some weight. Nicely coated, elegant but with a little creaminess. Dense finish. Lots of potential here.
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