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2005 Château Cos d'Estournel

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
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Community Tasting Notes 208

  • Quiet Lion wrote: flawed

    September 4, 2019 - Severely corked, so much so that one sip wrecked my palate for an hour with chemical aftertastes.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • CheviotCellar Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 2, 2019 - ***RATING 300***
    Good after short decant but even better with 1.5-2 hours. Nose has black cherry, prune, walnut, caramel, chocolate, leather and raisin. Very classic profile, riper dark plum, fully integrated tannins that gain weight with more air. The wine continues to evolve and gain strength, sending waves of dark berries, cherry chocolate and other flavors. Long finish. A delicious experience.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • AJCM Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 12, 2019 - It opened up after about 2h decant. It was pretty good but how log do I have to wait until I can fully taste a French wine? It’s a 14 year old bottle!!

    2 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • drdan8 Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 22, 2019 - Removed from a 54 degree active cellar and transferred to wide bowl for 90 minutes to allow aeration and achieve a more suitable drinking temperature. Poured to an Italesse universal red wine stem. A deep Crimson/ purple color.

    Just a beautiful and aristocratic nose on this toddler. Fresh cedar, strawberry jam, pencil lead, bright red fruit, menthol, and hints of charcoal. Very light browning to the rim. There's just a hint of very pleasant Bordeaux funk/ animale in the bouquet.

    Very vibrant and young on the palate hinting that this could last/improve for another 15 years. Still primary fruit forward with subtle hints of mushroom/umami waiting to reveal themselves. Primary red fruit, plum skin, menthol overtones, and coffee bean at this stage. Not getting much ( if any) black fruit or chocolate expression.
    Tannin feels aristocratic with nice back end grip. There is adequate acid and structure here to prolong this young bucks life.

    Although my palate is gravitating more towards older Barolo and aged Napa mountain wines, the 2005 Cos d'E reminded me of the charm and brilliance of great Bordeaux with a hint of time on its side.

    Hold for 5-10 years for even better pleasure to let the secondary/tertiary nuance emerge.
    Sorry.. Not really sorry.. Ok sorry.. Though not really sorry I opened it early. Paired with a simple Italian aged Salumi and Manchego cheese plate with water crackers. A fabulous Cos that I should have waited on.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • MTwine66 wrote: 95 points

    June 16, 2019 - Classic Bordeaux nose with some funk. Complex on palate with red licorice, cherries and some cedar. Still lot of structure and could age 10 more years.

    3 people found this helpful
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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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Decanter

  • By Jane Anson
    JA Cos d'Estournel Vertical, 7/1/2018 (link)

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  • By Gary Walsh
    3/16/2018 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    2/23/2017 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    2005 Bordeaux with Tanzer & Galloni (Nov 2015), 11/1/2015 (link)

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

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    8/20/2013 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Cos d'Estournel Vertical, 1/16/2011

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  • By John Kapon
    Bordeaux Horizontals, 5/11/2009

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/20/2009 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/31/2008 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/13/2006 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/6/2013 (link) 94 points

    (Château Cos d'Estournel) Very dark red violet color; cedar, tart currant, light herb, marjoram, coffee nose; plush, tart currant, coffee, marjoram, tart black currant palate with firm tannins; needs 6-plus years yet; long finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009 (link) (18-18.5+) points

    (Chateau Cos d'Estournel St Estèphe) This is a real contrast to Calon, with a pure, ethereal and complex perfume of fruit and flowers on the nose, overlaid with grainy, honeyed oak, and just a few elements of charcoal. The palate is very polished at first, but then reveals a slightly coarser element with a huge core of tannins. Lovely flavour of fruit though. Lots of structure, lovely fresh acidity, and no doubt great potential for the future. An excellent result but it needs 10-15 years.

Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Top 2 Wines From The Book, Episode #514, 8/6/2008 (link) 98+ points

    (Chateau Cos d'Estournel) COLOR-dark; NOSE-some black cherry, leather & Asian spice, but quite tight right now; TASTE-great complexity; bright cherries are coming through; the polish is intense; I still taste the lingering finish on this classic Bordeaux; the back-end tannins completely convince me that this wine has the potential age for 50+ years; an amazing freshness; as this wine develops, I'm looking forward to the 2nd tier flavors on the mid-palate; dark fruits dominate this wine (black cherries & black fruit); the finish is staggeringly long; this is textbook & classic Bordeaux; great effort; GV-98+

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/13/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Château Cos d'Estournel) Black red violet color; incense and sandalwood nose; tasty, sexy, espresso, toasty, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • 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, 086454010123, 087000347649, 3339010511013, 3339010811014, 338870511013, 3450301060826, 400009765489, 636659007758, 639737586480

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 810 (3%)
  • In Cellars 20,258 (82%)
  • Consumed 3,510 (14%)

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Community Recommendations

entrecote w/ sauce, grilled steak w/ sauce, lamb w/ rosemary, rack of lamb w/ herbs, roast beef w/ mushrooms, steak bordelaise

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