Double 100 Point 2009 Cos d’Estournel
"The 2009 Cos d’Estournel is one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted ... in the world!”
- Robert Parker Apr 2010
“A monumental Cos. The greatest ever from here”
- James Suckling Nov 2015
So new in stock, it is not even on Wine-Searcher yet! You are the first to find out! Château Cos d'Estournel was ranked as a 2nd Growth in the Classification of 1855 and placed as the number one estate of St.-Estephe. It remains one of the most prominent and sought-after wines in all of Bordeaux. "Cos," meaning "hill of pebbles" in Gascon, refers to the deep Quaternary gravel and clay on limestone bedrock that comprises the vineyards of the estate. This characteristic is shared by many of Bordeaux's most prestigious wineries. Located on the border with Pauillac, its vineyards are superbly sited on a south facing gravel ridge with a high clay content, just north of Lafite.
Right up there with 1947, 1961, and 2005, 2009 was a year of flamboyant, opulent wines with elevated ripeness and low acidity. Called an “iconic” and “mystical” wine by Robert Parker, the 2009 Cos d’Estournel, has been a favorite of critics and drinkers alike who are seeking rich, ripe, drinkable Bordeaux.
Robert Parker 100 Points
"Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Cos d'Estournel features a myriad of wonderfully intense notes, including blackcurrant pastilles, redcurrant jelly, kirsch and blueberry compote with hints of rose hip tea, sauteed herbs, underbrush, pencil shavings and Indian spices. Full-bodied, rich and opulently fruited in the mouth, it has beautifully plush tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and very spicy." LPB Mar 2019
Jeb Dunnuck 100 Points
"Another magical wine from this property, the 2009 Château Cos D'Estournel reminds me slightly of the 2005 with its incredibly rich, powerful, opulent style married to stunning finesse and elegance. Still youthful yet with a touch of maturity, its deep ruby/plum color is followed by classic Saint-Estèphe notes of blackcurrants, dried tobacco, loamy earth, Asian spices, and licorice. Deep, full-bodied, and massive on the palate, it's flawlessly balanced and has building tannins hiding under its wealth of fruit, with no hard edges and a great, great finish. This tour de force is still 5-7 years away from maturity and is a legendary wine to follow over the coming 40-50 years." JD Nov 2020
Excerpts from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Lisa Perrotti-Brown November 2018
Cos d’Estournel stands out as behaving very differently than the other Saint-Estèphe properties. Saint-Estèphe is a little infamous among the four great Médoc communes for producing relatively rugged, euphemistically austere wines—most of the time—and occasionally, inexplicably, it yields legendary wines that need a quarter of a century or more to come around. Saint-Estèphe’s benchmark, I would argue, is Montrose, which demonstrates, with laudable consistency in recent years, the lithe (but not lean) finesse, minerality and rock-solid backbone that the best gravel-over-clay sites, snuggled up to the Gironde estuary, want to give. But the flamboyant, occasionally perfumed, often spicy, decadently textured personality of Cos d’Estournel sets it well apart from this illustrious second growth neighbor to the northeast.
The differences between Cos d’Estournel and other Saint-Estèphe wines is explained at least in part by the fact that it sits on the northern Pauillac border with the long southern extremity of its vaguely rectangular-shaped vineyard overlooking Château Lafite, although the vineyards are in fact separated by a marshy stretch of lower-lying, unplanted land. And while there are some similarities to the character of Lafite—that exquisite, very finely grained, densely pixelated nature of the Cabernet tannins in a great vintage, for example—the differences are greater still.
True Cos fans will know that the word “cos” was derived from the word for “hill of pebbles” in former Gascon dialect. And so, as this name suggests, at the heart of the vineyard is a plateau that levels out at a height of around 63 feet. This plateau is composed of the deep “pebbles” referenced by the name, otherwise known as gravel. Of course, deep gravel forms the basis of nearly all the top vineyards of the Médoc, being the famous soil profile favored by Cabernet Sauvignon.
Thus, Cos d’Estournel joins the growing ranks of great Bordeaux estates exercising more and more precise viticultural management, ultimately achieving heights of quality with greater consistency while expressing, I believe, even more clearly that signature personality of the vineyard through optimal grape ripeness.
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