Bordeaux 2018: Cos d’Estournel

Bordeaux 2018: Cos d’Estournel
Forget everything you thought you knew about Cos d’Estournel. Aymeric de Gironde, the previous General Director, plotted a new course for this second growth Chateau during his short tenure. The new regime, under the guidance of owner Michel Reybier and winemaker Dominique Arangoïts have the wind firmly in their sails. Some might say they have perfected this new style. This completes a hattrick of potentially perfect scores from The Wine Advocate, and for us it is clearly the most complete and convincing example to date. Ethereal, detailed, full of verve, it is a beautifully judged effort, brimming with bright fruit, yet measured and refined. The post-Parker style of Cos is attracting many admirers. One can emphatically say that Cos d’Estournel is back where is ought to be, as one of the leading ‘Super Seconds’ and one of the most sought-after wines of Bordeaux.

“The 2018 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc and has 14.59% alcohol. Aging in 50% new barriques, it has a deep purple-black color and drifts effortlessly, gracefully, seductively out of the glass with slowly unfurling notions of blackcurrant cordial, wild blueberries, chocolate-covered cherries and plum pudding with touches of violets, licorice, wild roses and yeast extract plus a waft of loose tobacco. The full-bodied palate is built like a brick house with a solid frame of super firm, super ripe tannins and seamless freshness to back up the vibrant, crunchy, oh-so-muscular fruit, finishing long with loads of mineral layers. Amazing structure will keep this beauty for at least half a century and probably a full one! 97-100/100”. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

“A regal, soaring Saint-Estèphe, the 2018 Cos d'Estournel is also clearly one of the wines of the vintage. On the palate, the 2018 is dark and sumptuous, with striking aromatic presence and silky tannins that wrap around a rich core of exotic fruit. Black cherry, savory herbs, leather, spice and menthol build in the glass in a wine that is both aromatically intense and richly textured. The 2018 has been nothing short of breathtaking on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Don't miss it. 97-100/100”. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com