Bordeaux 2017 - Cos d’Estournel

Bordeaux 2017 - Cos d’Estournel
Cos d’Estournel 2017 is one of the three 97-100 point wines from The Wine Advocate, along with Chateau Lafleur and Haut Brion Blanc. It is a parting gift from the departing Aymeric de Gironde – a brace of potentially perfect wines, and a change of style that we very much like. Heavy extractions and an abundance of alcohol are out – finesse and elegance are in – it’s a refreshing change and one that has caught the eye of the major critics.

At £1308 per dozen, this is £300 per case cheaper than its predecessor is currently trading at, for a wine with an almost identical score. It will be fascinating for those with the 2016 to taste and compare these two vintages over the next thirty or forty years.

The final blend of the 2017 Cos d'Estournel is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers up intense scents of crushed blackcurrants, blackberries and black cherries with touches of incense, spice cake, star anise and plum preserves plus a perfumed hint of potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with very firm yet wonderfully ripe, "sweet", fine-grained tannins at just 13% alcohol—something of a miracle in our modern times. The palate sports fantastic freshness and tons of energy emitted from the intensely perfumed black fruit layers, finishing on an epically long-lingering mineral note. Truly profound. 97-100/100’. – The Wine Advocate