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2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

  • 97 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($143-$185; IPT of 88) Red-ruby. Knockout nose combines currant, espresso, earth and exotic spices. Wonderfully round and sweet, with outstanding volume and density. A spherical, seamless wine that saturates the entire palate. The huge but lush tannins coat the teeth. This is accessible now but has the sheer material for long aging.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Gorgeous aromas of blackberry, spice and mineral. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. This is first-growth quality. 15,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Nuanced and rich and drying. Biscuity and fine but this is just a bit suppressed. Inky. Low key. Fades a bit on the finish. (Average group score: 17)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Vinous | Rating:

    The 2003 Cos dƒA?A?Estournel is a total knock out. Super-ripe and opulent from the outset, the 2003 is a big, ample Cos that takes over all the senses and never lets up. The bouquet alone ƒA?A? with its alluring notes of tobacco, cedar, spice, dark roasted fruits, leather and smoke ƒA?A? is stunning in its beauty. All of those nuances follow through on the palate, where the 2003 is thick, dense and concentrated. The 2003 is just beginning to enter the very early part of its optimal drinking window. Despite its very ripe feel, the 2003 needs further time in bottle to fully come together. Interestingly, the 2005 is quite a bit more expressive and rewarding to drink now. The 2003 is a superb Cos that captures the essence of this freakishly hot, record-setting vintage. Although the 2003 is the product of a very warm vintage, the wine was remarkably fresh, even two days after having been opened. In 2003 the blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    Two terrific efforts from this vintage, the 2003 Cos dƒA?A?Estournel (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) remains one of the superstars of the vintage. It offers an opaque ruby/purple hue as well as notes of incense, camphor, licorice, creme de cassis and graphite. Full-bodied, opulent, incredibly fresh and well-delineated, it can be consumed now and over the next decade. Kudos to the team at Cos dƒA?A?Estournel.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: saint
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2008-2030
    Author: Jason R
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: GrapesofWrath
  • Self | Rating: 94

  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: VinoDeparture
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Double-decanted 3+ hours prior to drinking. Dark fruits, even some plum, along with some mocha.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Todd W59
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Far more finessed than I expected from the hot 2003 vintage. Cherry, sweetness and great tannic structure. Maybe not the right wine for ribs with barbecue sauce, but I can hardly blame that on the wine!
    Drink Dates: 2008-2022
    Author: Brewcreu
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Great fruit, a little spice and a finish that goes on forever. A very good Bordeaux.
    Drink Dates: 2011
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Smoke, burnt rubber, tar and mushroom filled the air in a distinct fashion from it's peers. Black fruits, which were a tad overshadowed by the now rough tannin and chewy texture. Still a bit on the austere side...but isn't this what young Bordeaux is supposed to taste like? Anyhow, the nose and it's CDP qualities must have hooked Bob in as he put this wine in his top 3. Tremendous upside...
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Strong youthful nose, some exotic spicy oak. Thick black fruit. Great density, fabulously ripe Cabernet fruit. Sensational. Drink 2016-46.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2050
    Author: David Li
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

  • 6354 bottles owned
  • 682 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 682 collectors)