Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France 1996
“This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. Beautifully fresh with sublime melting tannins.” Decanter Magazine
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 35%|
Château Cos d'Estournel's 1996 is a big, brooding fine red wine, and surely one of the best Médoc's of the 1996 Bordeaux vintage. It is in excellent condition for the year.
Sited on a gravelly ridge, overlooking the Pauillac-Saint-Estèphe border and looking down on the vineyards of Château Lafite Rothschild, Cos d'Estournel is a fitting monument to its wines.
Cos d'Estournel produces more elegant and less angular Saint-Estèphe than its Bordeaux neighbours, due largely to a relatively high percentage of Merlot in its blends.
"Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with thoroughly ripe, noble cabernet tannins. Superb." Stephen Tanzer
"Classy and impressive young Bordeaux from an appellation that stepped up in '96. Dark-colored, with plenty of currant and spice aromas, the wine is full-bodied, with very velvety tannins and allspice, berry and currant flavors. Long, long finish. One of the wines of the vintage, it's a beauty." Wine Spectator
“This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. More deft and cedary than the bigger boned 1986 vintage (also tasted), this is light delicate and elegant. Again, ink and spice on the nose, with stunning cedar and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of undergrowth, graphite and cigar box. Beautifully fresh with sublime melting tannins.” Decanter Magazine