1996 Cos d'Estournel

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ESTEPHE
abv 13.0%
  • 93 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 48618-1996-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    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.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 1999
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Toby Thomas
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Spike
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Juan K
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2006-2016
    Author: Tato
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: David W294
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2019-2040
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 90

    After decanting, it opens to smooth light dry plum, hint of raisin, but not sweet by any means. and the finish had mild tartness
    Author: USCineman
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Black pepper, leather, cured meats, game, and a red currant note not present in '96 Calon Segur and Montrose. Also a bit of barnyard funk/brett compared to those wines. Seems almost rustic alongside '96 Montrose.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: dwilson
  • Self | Rating: 88

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2021
    Author: Butler wan
  • Anonymous | Rating: 94

    Consumed at Bashan courtesy of JM. First impression was sweet oak, very smooth. Very much reminds me of the Togni I recently had, except this is smoother and more elegant. Opened up during the meal. Tasty and masculine wine. I enjoyed it!
    Author: johnswu
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Decanted for over 2 hours and open in the bottle at the restaurant for another hour and a half. Elegance and character! I think this is about the peak- for this bottle anyway. Unmistakably Bordeaux. Color was good, no bricking. Fabulous nose and long finish.
    Author: grapist
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Double-decanted for about an hour. Big bouquet upon re-opening, but did not give up much in the way of flavor. Retained much of its typical St.-Estephe toughness, but after about an additional hour in decanter began to come around, with dark and minerally cassis and a slight hint of green bell pepper. Somewhat reserved but classy. I would be willing to try another bottle.
    Drink Dates: 2003-2015
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating:

    drank great, lovely with duck confit
    Author: Steve
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Excellent. Young. Classic bordeaux, just entering a long drinking window. Black fruit, cigar box.
    Author: Joe
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Lovely deep color with aromas of sweet dark fruit and a hint of tobacco and leather. Polished tannins with a long, pleasant finish and layers of flavor.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2013
    Author: ebgreenb
  • Self | Rating: 96

    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!
    Drink Dates: 2012-2023
    Author: DartAdam
  • Self | Rating:

    sweet fruit, a little tight with hints of blood. A nice mineral, gravelly taste with good fruit and a lasting finish.
    Author: stujakub
  • Self | Rating: 86

    very disappointing. Strong vegetal strain (green olives?)that overpowered other flavors
    Drink Dates: 2008
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3635 bottles owned
  • 566 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 566 collectors)