1982 Cos d'Estournel 750ml

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1982 Cos d'Estournel
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($160-$275) Full medium red. Spicy aromas of redcurrant, strawberry and plum. Ripe, lush and gentle, with a mineral character contributing to the wine impression of structure and leavening the wine's sweetness. Very long, ripely tannic finish shows slightly elevated alcohol but comes across as firm nonetheless. (A second sample showed aromas of currant, tobacco, coconut and menthol and seemed tighter, even a bit harder, in the middle palate, with a similarly firm structure; I scored this sample 93(+?))

Drink Dates: 2002-2020
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

Magnum. Pretty dark ruby. Very heady perfumed and complex on the nose. Some graphite. But very lifted too. Something a little Lafite-like. Lovely mellow perfectly mature gentle stuff. Very fine boned and complete. Classic claret. Lovely finish. Not a hint of tannin, nothing out of place. Dry but not drying finish. Unusually 'feminine' for a Cos. For me the wine that was the most delightful of all to drink now.

Drink Dates: 2000-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 96

A spectacular performance for this wine, Cos d'Estournel's 1982 exhibits a dark ruby/purple color with light pink at the rim. Sweet aromas of jammy black fruits intermixed with roasted espresso and vanillin jump from the glass of this young, concentrated, full-bodied, succulent effort. An opulent texture, low acidity, and splendidly pure, concentrated, blackberry and cassis fruit suggest this 1982 can be drunk now, or cellared for another 15-20 years. An awesome wine!

Drink Dates: 2000-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 129

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Wine Spectator | 95

Built for aging. Very dark ruby in color, with a garnet rim. Dried flower and berry aromas. Full-bodied and very solid, with masses of fruit and tannins. Still has plenty of time to go.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal.

Drink Dates: 2000+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 98
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/13/2014
Score: 94
Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/17/2014
Intensely dark with a murky dull reflection. The nose is powerful, intense aromas of over-ripe fruit, plum compote, rhubarb jam and black cherry. Magnificent purity, huge fruit character, mild tannin and refreshing acidity. Beautiful, opulent mouthfeel with loads of glycerol leading into a long finish. This wine is drinking like its ten years old. This will continue to improve for many years to come.
Score: 96
Author: David 429
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/25/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2030
Decanted for 2 hours, rinsed out bottle, refilled and brought to dinner. Would not believe this wine is 31 years old. A fabulous clean nose of beautiful fresh berries, wonderful mouthfeel with beautiful soft well integrated tannins and a long smooth and delicious finish. Will drink well for many years to come. Unfortunately it is my last bottle. Fabulous wine.
Score: 95
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/09/2012
Score: 97
Author: Anthony H258
Tasted On: 03/12/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Very beautiful Bordeaux. Silky smooth. All integrated. You can enjoy it now to many years later.

About This Producer


Classified as a Second Growth Bordeaux estate, Chateau Cos d'Estournel is without doubt, one of the top producers in the St. Estephe appellation, producing complex and intense, full-bodied wines. The chateau is often referred to as "super second," meaning that it produces wines at a quality nearing that of the First Growth houses. Cos d'Estournel wines contain a large amount of Merlot (40%), one of the highest percentages in the region, in fact; this gives the wines their wonderful fleshy, chewy texture. The chateau itself is a very unusual pagoda style building which was built by the 19th century owner Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel. The building is featured on the bottle label, making it easy to spot in the Bordeaux section. The estate also produces a second wine called Les Pagodes de Cos.

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