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1986 Château Cos d'Estournel

  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 48618-1986

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Lovely deep crimson shading to purple. Particularly healthy colour. Deep, dense, strongly Cabernet aromas that are still unyielding. This wine could mature into something eventually finer than the Talbot but, boy, will it take time. For the moment the wine is dry, dry, dry.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Smells terrific, with great concentration of berry and cassis aromas, but the prominent tannins tend to cover the flavors, requiring cellaring until at least 1995. On balance, the concentration of fruit wins in the end.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. It possesses more power, weight, and tannin than the more opulent and currently more charming 1985.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: David S515
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: rsfj
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Walter Z
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: wineme.310
  • Self | Rating: 90

    A dark, extracted, earthy and rich wine... It feels like it is in its prime now. Tannins still strongly evident and ample acidity remains. But the core is extracted fruits and earthy tones and some smoke/tar and very subtle chocolate essence. A mouth filling attack and long persistent finish. The wine is a bit earthy and rough, not finesse driven. I really enjoyed it. We opened this bottle after finishing dinner and enjoyed it on its own; its chewiness almost made for a stand-in dinner course.
    Drink Dates: 2008+
    Author: DJS
  • Self | Rating: 93

    A wine with a great aged appearance and a very interesting nose upon immediate opening. Minerals, slight rotting veg, black berry and rhubarb. The fruit is now slightly on the wane however, it is a very distinguished drink that shows its age in a classic bordeaux way. Smooth and silky but still with fruit on the finish. Very excellent.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2012
    Author: Melc
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Absolutely fantastic! Still young. Decanted for an hour.
    Author: Stewart
  • Self | Rating:

    Although mishandled in its youth, very fresh. A majo4 suprise!
    Author: ObleyM
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Color beginning to show some age. Warm black currant, smoke, and baker?s chocolate scents. Tannins are moderating and are now fairly light but still persistent. Acidity is well balanced. Delicate but with plenty of power. Excellent length. A very fine claret.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2014
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Dark raspberry red. Animalistic, meaty nose. Has an earthyness with a little hint of something nutty. This still has the structure of a young wine. Dry, firm tannins; medium body and bright acidity. Lovely smooth mouthfeel, smoky tobacco and dark leafy blackcurrant fruit. Persistent black fruits develop seamlessly into caramel at the back of the finish. You could drink this for 20 more years!
    Author: biggsy
  • Self | Rating:

    Gone, should have drank earlier
    Author: GW
  • Self | Rating: 92

    good acid, long finish, less tar than expected
    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Had this along side the 1985. Drinking beautifully, tannins smoothed out, good structure and fruit. I thought the '85 was a tad more complex on the finish.
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Lovely; med.-dark color of mahogany w/amber edge; nice nose w/balance of fruit & cedar/haberdashery. delicious on the palate, high class fruit; smooth w/soft integrated tannin but w/plenty of grip & intensity; fully mature and beginning to show some age.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2012
    Author: Anthony D526
  • Self | Rating:

    nose of ripe dark fruit pencil shavings, earth and smoke, Smooth tannins.
    Author: CKTan
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Not worth the price, however is very balanced but did not have a lot to offer.
    Author: Walker Wine Ranch
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Stinky feet, saddle, black currant, anise, and cherry on the nose. On the palate there are flavors of spice and dried sour cherries which last though the long finish. The tannins are not soft, but they sit on, rather than grip, the palate.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2024
    Author: JMC22
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Very well balanced - a little past it's prime. But a great wine!
    Author: Astro
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

  • 2888 bottles owned
  • 429 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 429 collectors)