Château Cos d'Estournel 2023

Château Cos d'Estournel 2023

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Saint-Estephe, Second Growth. 

65% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 1% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

Château Cos d'Estournel is a distinguished wine estate situated in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux, France. Known for producing some of the region's finest red wines, it boasts a unique architectural style inspired by the Orient. The estate, classified as a Second Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, covers 91 hectares, predominantly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Château Cos d'Estournel wines are revered for their power, complexity, and longevity, often featuring rich flavors of dark berries, spice, and earthy undertones. This château remains a symbol of innovation and excellence in Bordeaux winemaking.

James Suckling: 98-99/100
The finesse is pretty phenomenal here, with such complexity of fruit and vivid, bright flowers. Lavender and rose. Seductive. Ever-so long and precise. Lead pencil and graphite. Reminiscent of old, great Cos, such as 1955 or 1982, but with so much more form and modernity. A renaissance of Cos. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 1% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

Jane Anson: 97/100
 Step into Cos d'Estournel, with its richness, depths and layers of cocoa bean, liquorice, espresso, chocolate, exceptional chewiness on the tannins, making things fairly serious at this early stage, with a promise of slow-revealed pleasure over the decades ahead. First time doing green harvest in the vineyards since 2008, causing some worries over the late heat waves on already ripening grapes, but they have retained balanced alchols here, and there is plenty of juice to lift things up on the finish.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous: 96-98/100
The 2023 Cos d’Estournel is fabulous. Dark, resonant and inviting, the 2023 has so much to offer. All the elements are beautifully woven together. Black cherry, plum, licorice, espresso, mocha and incense fill out the layers. Readers will find a Cos endowed with tremendous substance and intensity. I can't remember a young Cos with this much fruit concentration, yet there is nothing overdone here. I loved it.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Independent: 95-97+/100
The 2023 Cos d'Estournel is deep garnet-purple in color. Energetic notes of cassis, wild blueberries, and fresh juicy raspberries pop from the glass, giving way to underlying hints of rose oil, black pepper, and anise. The light to medium-bodied palate is taut with tightly wound, shiny black and red berry layers, framed by firm grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and minerally.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate: 95-96/100
A contemporary classic in the making, the 2023 Cos d'Estournel has turned out beautifully, reflecting a lighter touch with extraction that has delivered more sensuality and harmony without the loss of any of the estate's signature power and authority. Wafting from the glass with deep aromas of cassis, wild berries, orange zest and exotic spices, framed by well-integrated new wood, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a concentrated core of fruit, beautifully suave tannins and a cool, seamless profile. It's a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that attained 12.9% alcohol and is being matured in 50% new oak.