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1982 Château Cos d'Estournel

  • 96 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 48618-1982

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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(+?))
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    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.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: ruby
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Kenneth A344
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 98

    A great bottle. Most tannins are resolved. Almost sweet and very smooth. Drink now and through next 2-3 years.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2011
    Author: Thanos
  • Self | Rating: 95

    A silky smooth, delicious Bordeaux. Hints of spice through the long finish. A fully mature wine from a great vintage. This is why we love Bordeaux.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2010
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 95

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2030
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Had this wine with a friend in a hotel cocktail lounge. Under these circumstances, not a lot of not taking and generally enjoyment took precedence over concentration! However, the Cos was, as always, excellent.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2020
    Author: Melc
  • Self | Rating: 94

    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.
  • Self | Rating: 16.5

    Medium ruby with paler rim. Show some age but not 28 years! Medium strong fruit of blackcurrant, blackberries. Eventually more violets and leather nose with sweeter nose of oak. Tannin is molten and integrated, with balanced acidity. Very nice cabernet sauvignon, very balanced and matured. The wine open up more after an hour and should continue to go forward for an other hour. Aftertaste medium and growing, but not as impressive as expected.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2015
    Author: derekastoria
  • Self | Rating: 96

    My red wine of the night. Pretty nose on shot leather, rust, saw dust, soured cherries, lavender, and dried flowers. Jolting acid provides grip, a balanced structure on the tongue, and a 45 second finish. A ton of stuffing. Retasted the end of the night (it would have been open for about 4 hours) and this wine was still kicking, a nice surprise as all of the other older Cos and PC were dying in the glass.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2017
    Author: JMC22
  • Self | Rating: 95

    RP: THis 1982 is still displaying a beautiful deep ruby/purple hue as well as a stunning set of aromatics consisting of blue and black fruits, loamy earth, flowers, licorice, and spice box. The wine is medium to full-bodied with wsweet tannins, a medium to full-body mouthfeel, and a silky finish. It appears to have hit full maturity, but it can easily be held in a cold cellar for another 10+ years.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2019
    Author: Ronald P
  • Self | Rating: 98

    This wine never disappoints. I let it breathe for 3 hours and it was smooth as silk, smoky, pencil shavings melded with dark fruits in a unique, absolutely delicious. To make it even better, we had it at BLT steak with Kobe steak and multiple sides. This goes with rich food incredibly well. No sign of decline at all
    Drink Dates: 2010+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Very beautiful Bordeaux. Silky smooth. All integrated. You can enjoy it now to many years later.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2020
    Author: Anthony H258
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Very nice.
    Author: Chez Fisher
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Wonderful wine had at a pre-1990 Bordeaux dinner. Compared to Lynch Bages (same year and 1989) and Pevac (82 and 86) this wine was a winner. Lots of dust and earth to the nose this wine kept opening up hour after hour. Had with scallops, ham, and beef shoulder. Deep, rich, ruby to the eye, notes of floral grass and graphite on the taste. Long finish. Wonderful
    Author: rdalehite
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2471 bottles owned
  • 376 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 376 collectors)