1985 Cos d'Estournel

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ESTEPHE
abv 14.5%
  • 93 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 48618-1985-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Dark, rich and deeply concentrated. California-like, with its opulent coffee, herb, cedar, currant, coffee, mineral and spice flavors. Reaching a nice drinking plateau, but has substance, depth and a long, full finish.--Cabernet Challenge.
    Author: James Laube
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 93

    The 1985 from cask could have been a lighter version of the 1982 and 1953 vintages. Forward, with a fabulously scented bouquet of pain grille and concentrated red and black fruits (especially black cherries), it is rich, lush, long, and medium to full-bodied. Very fragrant, with gobs of sweet black fruits, minerals, and spice in both its flavors and aromatics, this is one of the most forward wines from Cos.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Fabroni
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: juglum
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 1996-2010
    Author: Ahmet K88
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  • Anonymous | Rating: 94

    Deep ruby, very slight ambering at the edges. Somewhat closed on first opening, then yields rich, powerful blackcurrant, along with earthy tones such as leather, smoke, chocolate, tar and a little grass. Medium body, balanced, with plenty of tannins ... and a touch of apple/melon in the long finish. Mature wine, but there seems to be plenty of life in this. Delicious!
    Author: Doug D722
  • Self | Rating: 94

    I was concerned that this would be past its prime. I was wrong. Well balanced, fruit still luscious, complexity and finish. I wouldn't wait bit this has a few more years left in the tank.
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 84

    Just barely hanging on. The cork was completely saturated. I could sense this must have been a great wine at one time. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. Will try another and post a review.
    Drink Dates: 1995-2005
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Lef in decanter for 1 hour before serving. Beautiful aromas of blackcurrant, strawberry jam, toast and dust. Higher, but pleasant acidity. Soft, withering tannins. Pleasant, soft and relatively long finish. Wine is into its retirement years. Very nice, mature experience.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2010
    Author: Kholodov
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Our group did a bring your favorite bottle tasting and the 85 Cos was the favorite bottle of the evening, tasted blind against a 2003 Lafite, an 04 Maiden and some other spectacular wines. This wine is probably at it's peak with a soft nose, still ripe with fruit (berries, plums and a hint of tobacco) and a nice balance of tannins, great finish.
    Author: Oenodoc
  • Self | Rating: 98

    very very fabulous wine
    Author: Benchaya
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Well made Cos, though lacking elegance.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Dana G77
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Wow! Elegant, layered fruit inside of a cigar box.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2020
    Author: Conrad K
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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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1264 bottles owned
  • 235 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 235 collectors)