2001 Cos d'Estournel

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ESTEPHE
abv 14.5%
  • 93 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 48618-2001-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($64-$100) Bright ruby-red. Vibrant, complex aromas of cassis, graphite, eucalyptus and tobacco. Fat and sweet but shapely, with impressive density and underlying structure. Flavors of plum, mint, roasted nuts and sweet oak. Fairly full for young Cos, but quite suave. Finishes with firm but smooth tannins and excellent grip. Better than the 2000.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    A beautiful effort, the 2001 Cos d'Estournel (65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot) exhibits a poised, noble bouquet of black currants, cedar, spice box, and licorice. A hint of truffles emerges as it sits in the glass. Medium-bodied with sweet fruit (mostly black) and nicely integrated wood, it builds incrementally in the mouth, ending with a 50-second finish. Drink this stylish, restrained yet substantial claret over the next 15+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Dark crimson. Polished, exotic nose. Sweet and rich and SO unlike Montrose, it's almost a joke! But it's much more attractive and juicier than Montrose. real life here. Polish without excess sweetness.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Wonderful spice and currant aromas to this young wine. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated, refined tannins. Long caressing finish. This is very, very silky. Just like from barrel. Cos is on top of it now. 17,705 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2014-2030
    Author: Matt
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Consistent with past bottles, but slightly fruitier and with less acid. Tannin level was in balance. Ready to go now with little to no decanting. Won't get much better, so drink up.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2017
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Delicious. Dark purple color followed by aromas of blueberry on the nose. Dark ripe fruit on the palate with cedar. Long finish. This is evolving nicely, and resembles Pavie.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Excellent wine. Good spice and fruit, long finish. Big, full-bodied wine with a lot of class. Great value compared to some of its peers.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Good balance and finesse. Lacks deep complexity, but otherwise very enjoyable.
    Author: Mike N296
  • Self | Rating: 94

    One of the best 2001 Cos d'Estournel I have tasted. It is absolutely mature, no tanin and suberb. Enjoy!
    Drink Dates: 2013-2018
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Ready to round out, any day.
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Seems to be hitting its peak. Well balanced, smooth tannins, drinking beautifully. Classical Cos, just as it should be...
    Author: Frank K
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Stewed cherry, hot, a ton of acid, and some vegetal qualities. This wine is balanced at a very high decibel level.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2030
    Author: JMC22
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

  • 2779 bottles owned
  • 450 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 450 collectors)