Chateau Cos D’estournel 2008

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65% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 3n/a% Merlot/ 5% Cabernet Franc. Very appealing and complex with intense, multi-layered aromas of sweet dark, cassis fruit with exotic spices, minerals and tobacco in the background. The palate is full of ripe, sweet fruits balanced by seamless tannins. Pure redcurrant, blackberry and dark plum flavours intermingle elegantly with exotic spices and an energetic, refreshing acidity. This is a very elegant and refined wine.

Armit Tasting Note

65% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 3n/a% Merlot/ 5% Cabernet Franc. Very appealing and complex with intense, multi-layered aromas of sweet dark, cassis fruit with exotic spices, minerals and tobacco in the background. The palate is full of ripe, sweet fruits balanced by seamless tannins. Pure redcurrant, blackberry and dark plum flavours intermingle elegantly with exotic spices and an energetic, refreshing acidity. This is a very elegant and refined wine.

Robert Parker

Because of a smaller than normal crop as well as the elimination of vineyard parcels devastated by the hail storm of September 1, production for Cos d¿Estournel in 2011 is the smallest since 1991. Production for the 2011 Cos d¿Estournel (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol) is about 30% of their normal volume. An outstanding effort, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine exhibits notes of lead pencil shavings, black currants, boysenberries, cedar and earth. Made in a traditional style with more acidity and noticeable tannin than in recent years, this medium-bodied, pure 2011 should drink nicely for 15+ years. 0

Wine Spectator

Lilac and violet aromas quickly give way to dark toasted spice and black tea notes, followed by remarkably creamy-textured cassis and plum compote flavors, all offset beautifully by a hint of bitter cherry and tamarind on the finish. There’s a saturated feel that shows no hard edges. A touch languid rather than driven, but this wine tends to put on weight and gain greater focus as it ages. Tasted non-blind.J.M.

James Suckling

Very dense and structured with spices, currants and berries and an underlying spiciness. Full body, with chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Structured. Firm. Slightly hollow center palate. Excellent considering the difficulty St. Estephe had with hail and early harvesting. 0

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