2001 Cos d'Estournel 750ml

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WS 94   WA 93   IWC 92   JR 17.5+   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling

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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.

Drink Dates: 2004-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 153

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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: Issue 114

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5+

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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/21/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2018
One of the best 2001 Cos d'Estournel I have tasted. It is absolutely mature, no tanin and suberb. Enjoy!

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Rating: 94
Author: Matt
Tasted On: 08/21/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2030

Rating: 93
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/19/2015
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Good balance and finesse. Lacks deep complexity, but otherwise very enjoyable.

Rating: 91
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/01/2015
Drink Dates: 2009-2017
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.

Rating: 91
Author: Frank K
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/28/2010
Seems to be hitting its peak. Well balanced, smooth tannins, drinking beautifully. Classical Cos, just as it should be...

Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews
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6224 bottles owned by 1267 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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