2005 Cos d'Estournel

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ESTEPHE
  • 97 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 48618-2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($230-$250) Good ruby-red. Knockout nose combines currant, plum, minerals, licorice and graphite. Wonderfully sweet, rich and deep, but with near-perfect balancing acidity to frame the wine's lush fruit. This superb 2005 has it all. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins and palate-saturating persistence. On my most recent visit, Prats told me he considered 2005 to be superior to the 2003, and that the '05 may be |our best wine ever.|
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    Black in color, with aromas of orange peel, new leather, currant, berry and Christmas pudding. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and a long, long finish of fruit and spices. The cashmere texture is all there.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    I have been fortunate to taste the 2005 Cos d'Estournel three times in recent weeks and it has never been anything less than stunningly beautiful, as it is once again on this night. The interplay of dark, ripe fruit and the more mineral, savory-inflected nuances typical of Saint-Estephe yield a compelling, wonderfully complete Bordeaux that simply has it all. An exotic melange of graphite, gravel, smoke, cured meats and dark-fleshed fruits flow through to the explosive finish. Riveting today, the 2005 Cos will continue to thrill those fortunate enough to own it for several decades. Given its price vis-a-vis many of the high-flying wines of the year, the 2005 Cos remains a terrific relative value in its class.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Scored 18.5 in the Southwolds tasting of 2005 Bordeaux.ÿSome development at the rim. Quite complex and mineral. Subtle flavours and a lovely texture. Very polished. Some tarriness. Bone dry finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 2005 Cos d'Estournel is another great success from this property, which is owned by Michel Reybier. A superstar of St.-Estephe in this vintage, this wine has a dense ruby/purple color, beautiful, sweet cassis and blackcurrant fruit, some floral notes, spice and a touch of oak in a full-bodied, layered, impressive multi-dimensional style. The tannins are surprisingly sweet and well-integrated, as is the acidity, alcohol and wood. This is a beauty and certainly the top wine of St.-Estephe. Drink it over the next 25+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: gd10102
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    Drink Dates: 2023-2023
    Author: Thierry27
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: RWG III
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    Drink Dates: 2012-2042
    Author: Mini
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Beautiful dark inky color with rather muted nose with subtle aromas of violets and and faint oak or leather. i could sniff this stuff all day! full bodied wine with sweet tannins and very approachable. lovely dark fruits and a very very long finish. being so young this is truly an amazing wine! i look forward to tasting this wine again in the future to see its progression.
    Author: Lawrence L
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Christmas bottle, from cellar. Decanted through Vinturi aerator, then held 2 hours. Black. Shiny. Red rim. Blackberries, black currant, oak, and noble leather. A wine that exudes confidence and even a swagger. This is a hibernating bear coaxed to show its power, and it rose from slumber to do just that. Second day was also a demonstration of breed and effortless ability to cruse at 140mph all day. It is all there for a huge future. Wait until 2015+. Also a great set-up for comparison to the new 2009 at Primeur, and the entirely new receiving line and tank room. If 2009 can hurdle this wine, we will know such extravagant investment can actually yield results a wine lover can appreciate. We shall see! (0 views)
    Drink Dates: 2015-2035
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Powerful, dark, earthy fruit. This is going to be a great wine in time. Not very approachable now.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2035
    Author: Conrad K
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

  • 7381 bottles owned
  • 662 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 662 collectors)