2016 Chateau Cos d'Estournel St-Estephe Grand Cru Classe 1.5L (magnum) PRE-ARRIVAL

$495.00
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Why not set aside a few CANNONS of Cos to enliven your dinner parties for many years to come? This is the perfect format for aging!

NOTE: PRE-ARRIVAL OFFERING; WINE ARRIVES IN FALL 2019; YOUR ORDER IS NOT FINAL UNTIL CONFIRMED BY YOUR WINE SCOUT.

Situated between Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe, and separated from Château Lafite by the stream known as La Jalle du Breuil (The Breuil Brook), the hill of Cos rises dominates the Gironde from the height of almost 65 feet. Certainly impressive to lay eyes on, and it's exactly what sets the wine apart as well - both in the bottle and on the label. In the old Gascon language, the word "Cos" means "The Hill of Pebbles." And as a matter of fact, the hill of Cos, which is situated on the banks of the Gironde, is an impressive accumulation of Quaternary gravel wrested from the distant mountains of the Massif Central and the Pyrenees and laid on Saint-Estèphe's limestone bed when the primeval river receded. These well-draining slopes formed by erosion have deep layers of gravel - making it not only a geological curiosity, but one of the most precious terroir in the world. Vines can root deeply into these arid soils looking for moisture. As a result the vines work hard and end up producing an intensely flavored and one-of-a-kind wine.

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Jean-Guillaume Prats
Vintage:
2016
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 80% new
Country of Origin:
France
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
St. Estephe
Total Varietal Composition %:
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %:
13.7%
Score Wine Enthusiast:
96
SKU #:
1WCDE16IR4
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Wine Enthusiast

96–98. Barrel Sample. This perfumed wine is stylish and elegant. It is all about the magnificent and sophisticated fruit. At the same time, don't be fooled by the richness: the tannins are all there, a dense and concentrated core at the heart of this seriously ageworthy wine. It demands many years.

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James Suckling

The finish is something else here. This is a wine that’s so powerful and tannic yet at the same time so polished and superb on the finish. Full-bodied, beautifully crafted and precise. This is a wine that really grabs your attention. The agility and power are more than impressive. Wow is the word.