15 Vintages of Cos d'Estournel (Ripple - Washington, DC): The most accessible and exciting wine in this flight, this shows warm, deep currant aromas with cedar, pencil shavings and complex spice tones. Pure and vibrant on the palate, structured for sure but showing some freshness and precision. Black currant fruit doused with earth, tobacco, hints of mushroom coming out. Opens up with air, things are starting to get interesting here, and this will have so much more to show in the cellar.
Still quite young but showing nice balance. Good ripeness of the plum and red fruits. More dense than the 2002, but the nose is more subdued than the 2005. Lots of tannins still to be resolved. Overall, I really enjoyed the style with this wine and its balance. While you can drink this now, I would still wait a few years before opening.
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(Chateau Cos d'Estournel St Estèphe) There is a lot of oak evident on the nose here, dense and toasty, but with good fruit too, with a sweet and gritty depth. Good weight on the palate, a touch brawny, with moderate texture and a solid, polished wood background. Firmly structured, grippy, with a firm core of fruit and a long, dense finish with tangible extract. Very good indeed.
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