For many Bordeaux connoisseurs, Cos d'Estournel is simply the number one Saint-Estèphe. Probably the greatest success in the region for that vintage, the 2012 is a big, full-bodied and aromatic red. Displaying wonderful aromas of blackcurrant, spices and cinnamon, you will not come across many wines with such concentration and power - and with such a long finish. While it could be approachable now with a long decanting, we would strongly advise to cellar it a few more years - and even a decade if you are patient enough!
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Château Cos d'Estournel
2nd Grand Cru Classé
Dry Red wine
75% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot
from 2020 to 2035
2 hours before serving, ideally decanted
Braised red meat, mature cheese.
Gravel and limestone
35 years old
18 months in oak barrels, over 50% new oak
|What experts say|
17.5/20 "Very dark and purple. Very interesting, almost putty nose. Intriguing and not so flamboyant and flashy as in some years. Really rather like Lafite 2012 on the nose! Perhaps a little tiny bit bitter on the finish but no excess of sweetness nor alcohol. Very measured. Solid impact. Very dry finish. I absolutely love the nose but find it a bit austere on the finish – but at least it is classic St-Estèphe. Slightly hard work at this stage; the most youthful wine I have tasted so far. '100% gravity-fed cellar helped us to be restrained in extraction', explained the new director Aymeric de Gironde."
93+/100 "The 2012 Cos d’Estournel is a classic expression of St.-Estèphe, with notes of graphite, crushed rock, blackberry, blackcurrant fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, structured, but well-integrated tannins and a long finish of 35 seconds or more. This is a beauty and an undeniable top success in the Médoc for 2012. Give it 4-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades or more. The final blend, which achieved 13.8% alcohol, is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot."
92/100 "Solid, with pure lilac and violet notes out front, backed by slightly taut plum, currant and bitter cherry flavors that unwind slowly through the finish. This has good drive, cut and intensity, and is one of the better efforts of the vintage.—Non-blind Cos-d'Estournel vertical (December 2015). Best from 2018 through 2028."
94/100 "This is one of the vintages from Cos that seems to pull out all the stops. The fruit is so rich, the texture so dense, and deep flavors of chocolate back up the huge structure. It does work in its magnificent, flamboyant way. And at the end, the acidity does its part and gives the wine a final lift. Drink from 2024."
92-93/100 "This is very tannic -- perhaps slightly too much -- but shows very pretty, intense fruit with blueberry and mineral character. Full and dense. Mineral and dried spices such as cloves under it all. Very muscular."
94/100 "The 2012 Cos d'Estournel is beautifully delineated and layered in the glass. A wine of nuance and precision, the 2012 possesses a remarkable combination of richness and detail. A blast of dark red cherry jam, rose petals, mint and cinnamon informs the deep, pliant finish. I imagine the 2012 will offer several decades of very fine drinking. This is a terrific 2012 with a good deal of upside potential. Drink 2022-2024."
93/100 "Cos has taken a particular stylistic route since 2009 and this follows the same path, even in a cooler vintage like 2012. It's a super concentrated, saturated style of wine with notes of plums and blueberries, lashings of new oak and considerable power. What Château Pavie is to the Right Bank, Cos is becoming to the Left. Not to everyone's taste, but certainly a well made red."
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