Red

2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
Drink between 2012 - 2031 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 335

  • melzar wrote: 92 points

    August 10, 2019 - Good fruit (heavily extracted) Good acidity and friendly tannins. Impeccable balance, but still, to my taste, lacking the wow factor that leads most tasters to rate this wine considerably higher. New world style reflects the hot vintage.

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  • djhammond Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 28, 2019 - Last tasted a year ago, this has moved forward and is definitely at the beginning of its drinking window. It is a very special wine and already the best from the estate drinking, but with so much more to come. The nose is opulent with fruit with blackcurrant and red cherry prominent. The tannin does still inhibit the palate and finish, but the depth and complexity are outstanding. The finish pushes 60+ seconds, and, although over tannic at this stage, is perfectly balanced and harmonious. This does come alive in the glass after a while, even with a 10 hour decant. When will this finally blossom is hard to second guess, but I am hopeful it will be sooner rather than later. When it does it will be nudging a perfect rating. Will try with interest in a year's time. 97+

    3 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • Jeff Leve wrote: 97 points

    July 22, 2019 - Just a beauty. With about 1 hour in the decanter, the aromatic profile, with its Asian spice, smoke, thyme, blackberry and earthy essence popped. The wine is full-bodied, rich, opulent and sensuous. While this is drinking great today, the wine improved in the glass, so it is going to get better with more time.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • TexasBob Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 21, 2019 - Quite black transitioning to purple and then violet edges. Intense and gorgeous nose of black cherries and ripe blackberries, profound and delicious. Notes of chocolate-covered raspberries, cocoa powder, vanillin, spicy white pepper, and a wonderful melange of acidic minerality with, again, a cocoa powder finish. Extraordinary.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • D!n@sh Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 18, 2019 - This wine started as 91 for me but ended as 94.

    When I opened it, it felt tight and tannic.

    At about two hour mark, I thought the wine opened up a lot more. I also felt like I didn’t taste enough of the fruit when I opened the wine but over time could smell the cherries in the nose.

    I stopped drinking at about 2/3rd of the way and stored the rest of the bottle for the next day but could easily have had the rest of the bottle too :)

    What did I miss :
    1. A bit more freshness / fruit/ acidity
    2. More in the nose

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Julia Harding, MW
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  • By John Kapon
    Cos d'Estournel Vertical, 1/16/2011

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By Julia Harding, MW
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The World of Fine Wine

  • December 2007, Issue #18 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • 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 000004209652, 0400005959349, 086454010123, 087000337695, 3277035053135, 3339011133016, 3419466144017, 400009765489, 802236001918

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 453 (2%)
  • In Cellars 13,913 (76%)
  • Consumed 3,844 (21%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

1 Fl. für ES, 5 Fl. nach Zug, foie gras, Steamed lobster tail with grilled filet mignon

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99% Like It  119 votes

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