2005 Chateau Cos d'Estournel St. Estephe

$249.95
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One of the “biggest” Cos wines in recent memory, Suckling lost his cool for this beauty: “The purity of fruit to this is fascinating with plums, currants and other dark fruits. Then there is another layer of spices and chocolate. So much cassis.” While it’s drinking well now, this wine will continue to improve for decades to come. Why not try a few bottles with the holiday roast?

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Vintage:
2005
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
St. Estephe
SKU #:
1WCDE05IR3D
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Wine Advocate

The 2005 Cos d’Estournel is another great success from this property, which is owned by Michel Reybier. A superstar of St.-Estèphe 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.-Estèphe. Drink it over the next 25+ years.

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Wine Spectator

Still tight despite a gorgeous wave of rich melted licorice, fig bread, warm plum compote and steeped blackberry flavors. Lovely alder, black tea and balsam wood details give this added range and a sense of detail through the finish before a wall of graphite-edged grip shows up. We're still in wait mode here.—Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2017). Best from 2020 through 2040.

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James Suckling

The purity of fruit to this is fascinating with plums, currants and other dark fruits. Then there is another layer of spices and chocolate. So much cassis. Full and very layered with chewy polished tannins and a long, long finish. Just starting to open. Changes all the time. Still needs a year or two but gorgeous to drink already.