1996 Cos d'Estournel 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Estephe | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Cos d'Estournel
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International Wine Cellar | 94

Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with thoroughly ripe, noble cabernet tannins. Superb.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Healthy ruby. Some development on the nose with some exotic herbal notes. Sweet start and very dense. Very fine tannins. A bit more angular than some. Still admirably youthful.

Drink Dates: 2013-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 93

Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young Cos d'Estournels I have ever tasted, this thick, structured, tannic wine has closed down significantly since bottling. It requires 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last for 30-35 years. It is a fabulous Cos, but patience is required.

Drink Dates: 2006-2030
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 95

A classy and impressive young Bordeaux from an appellation that stepped up in '96. Dark-colored, with plenty of currant and spice aromas, the wine is full-bodied, with very velvety tannins and allspice, berry and currant flavors. Long, long finish. One of the wines of the vintage, it's a beauty. 26,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 93
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Early
Score: 96
Author: DartAdam
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/04/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2023
Stellar, outsized nose on this wine. It's drinking we'll right now, but needs a good 90 mins to open. The nose is lavishly earthy, dried cherry and some cigar box. Flavors are layered, nuanced and it is mature. It may improve with more age but I think it's good to go right now. It's a medium bodied wine with classic flavors you'd expect. A real treat!
Score: 95
Author: Juan K
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/24/2011
Score: 93
Author: Tato
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/08/2011
Drink Dates: 2006-2016
Score: 88
Author: Butler wan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/09/2010
Drink Dates: 2006-2021
COLOR: Deep purple color with a slight red brick edge. NOSE: On the nose, a nice expression of the St. Estephe terrior, but much of that nice fruit bouquet and aroma has melted away. TASTE: Medium body and very balanced with silky smooth tannis, and nice length through the mid-palette. Just not much fruit left and not much complexity left either.

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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