International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96
Red-ruby. Currant, black olive, minerals and currant leaf on the nose. Bright, pure and focused, with aromatic inner-mouth flavors of cedar and lead pencil. Austere but not dry. More fruity and less tannic than the '96, but of roughly similar weight. Finishes firmly tannic, with sneaky persistence.
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Author: Robert Parker
Bottled in April, 2000, this elegant, stylish, graceful wine is an attractive, dark ruby/purple-colored effort with subtle notes of sweet oak, licorice, herbs, and black fruits. While not massive, it is medium-bodied and ripe, with sweet tannin. Forty-eight percent of the production was utilized in this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/11/2013
great fruit , classic cos
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/01/2012
Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignin and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine reminiscent of the 1986 Cos d'Estournel. At the chateau, they claim the 3 vintages I love, 1982, 1985 and 1990, are less "classic" than in years such as 1986, 1988, 1996, and 1998. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple colour 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, tannis wine has closed down significantly since bottling.
Lively, dancing, nose with lots of development. Sweet, concentrated, quite dry, takes no prisoners style. Very correct. No rough edges and no excesses, but worth waiting for. Drink 2009-19
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/05/2009
Ruby in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Aroma:Forest floor, Blackberry. Vanilla. Body: Medium/Full bodied. Silky texture. Long finish.
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