1997 Cos d'Estournel 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Estephe | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

IWC 89-90   WS 89   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89-90

Very good ruby-red. Complex, expressive aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice and animal fur. Supple but with good vinosity; ripe acids are in harmony with the wine fruit. Finishes with mouthcoating tannins and a peppery note. The top wine of St. Estephe in '97 based on my tastings this spring.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Serious concentration of fruit in this wine, with plenty of chocolate and berry character and a hint of dried herbs on the nose. Full- to medium-bodied, with plenty of fruit and a velvety texture.

Drink Dates: 2001-2006
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: jono9999
Tasted On: 12/25/2008
Sweet nose - fruit and vegetables, but totally dry. First taste was soft and supple, with the tannins nearly gone, primarily leather with very, very light fruit (sour cherry or plum); the fruit is more apparent on the long finish. After about 30 minutes, the wine develops to be even softer, with a hint of chocolate.

Rating: 95
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 02/06/2011

Rating: 90
Author: metlaw
Trust Rating: 78
Tasted On: 05/18/2015
One was a bit tannic?

Average rating: 88, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

762 bottles owned by 223 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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