1998 Cos d'Estournel

abv 12.5%
  • 88 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 48618-1998-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Gorgeous spice, berry and cherry aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with plenty of good fruit and medium tannins, but a slightly hollow midpalate.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 93

    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
    Author: iTikki
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Ruby in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Aroma:Forest floor, Blackberry. Vanilla. Body: Medium/Full bodied. Silky texture. Long finish.
    Author: Winedoc
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

  • 611 bottles owned
  • 150 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 150 collectors)