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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Cos d'Estournel

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

St Estèphe

Grape Blend:

Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

Château Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2013

Tasting Note:

This is Aymeric de Gironde's first full vintage in charge since he moved from Pichon Longueville, and it probably will be a vintage he never forgets… A hugely challenging year, but the hottest July in 60 years at Cos helped break down the methoxypyrazines, so the fruit flavours are pure and ripe. Harvesting had to be done with great precision as the berries were very thin skinned and therefore susceptible to rot. They only chaptalized two tanks of Cabernet Franc which will go in the Pagodes. Alcohols are a modest 12.7%. Aymeric did a 10 day cold maceration to extract fruit flavours without extracting alcohol and the results are very promising. A quintessentially northern Medoc bouquet of lead pencil, cassis, violets - fragrant and brimming with cool purple fruit. The palate is broad but focussed, ripe and concentrated. Refreshing, seductive and smooth with hints of spice, chocolate, with a cherry stone and menthol finish. IPT of 71, 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

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