Red

1996 Château Cos d'Estournel

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
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Community Tasting Notes 508

  • Keith Levenberg wrote: 95 points

    April 2, 2020 - Consistent with my 7/2018 note. A little bit autumnal at first but it freshens up and finds its fruit in the decanter. Then it features a deep black complexion with a touch of spicy cedar and an exquisitely silky texture.

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  • Tartiflette Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 1, 2020 - Decanted a few hours after tasting it. In a great mature place. Even though it is "over the top" it fortunately retains its greatness a long time. Not much acidity left but lovely tannins still evident. Such a soft velvety texture. Dark cherries, strawberries, chocolate, cedar, asian spices, wet stones and forest floor. I am sure I would have preferred to drink this a few years ago but it will still be a super drink for many years.

  • HENNO1 wrote: 92 points

    March 29, 2020 - Big and rich - tobacco, liquorice etc. It was nice but not as good as other 96s I have had - Las Cases 96 is much better.

  • willieboyd Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 29, 2020 - Very good Bordeaux from St. Estephe region . Love the complexity.

  • dream Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 23, 2020 - A perfectly stored bottle - a wonderful Cos nose of smoky graphite minerals, tobacco and Asian spices. This is a leaner, more traditional style of Cos which is not necessarily a bad thing; it's just a matter of personal taste. There are deep flavors of black and red fruits with a crisp but layered texture with notes of graphite minerals and sweet coal dust. The finish is succulent and fresh with a developing complexity and that black Asian spice thing so particular to this vineyard. Medium-bodied and quite fine with upside from here based on limited tertiaries. 93+

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Neal Martin
    Fairest of Them All: Cos d’Estournel 1928 – 2015 (Oct 2018), 10/1/2018 (link)

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The WINEFRONT

  • By Gary Walsh
    3/3/2016 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/22/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    8/20/2013 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Chicago Recap, 11/2/2011

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/17/2011 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    11/25/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Château Cos d'Estournel) Very dark red violet color; lovely, olive, pencil lead, currant nose; tasty, maturing, silky textured, currant, olive, pencil lead, cedar palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Cos d'Estournel
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Estèphe
  • UPC Codes 000000053549, 000001979701, 055247967500, 086454010123, 087000315433, 087000353176, 3419466129953

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 72 (1%)
  • In Cellars 9,289 (70%)
  • Consumed 3,917 (29%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Lamb, Agneau, Audrey and David at The Wolf, Beef, Game, pasta bolognese, Roast beef, Standing Rib Roast, With Terri, Yorkshire pudding

Who Likes This Wine

99% Like It  119 votes

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