Chateau Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estephe 2020 99pts
99 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Based on 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, the deep purple-hued 2020 Chateau Cos D'Estournel has, dare I say, an almost Lafite-like sense of elegance and class, offering gorgeous cassis and darker currants fruits as well as tobacco, lead pencil, acacia flowers, and graphite. Hitting 13.46 alcohol, with a pH of 3.9 and an IPT of 80, this flawless, full-bodied, incredible elegant Saint-Estephe has silky tannins, perfect balance, and a great, great finish. It will need a decade of cellaring to hit its prime drink window. Of the trilogy of 2018, 2019, and 2020, it's clearly my favorite (that’s splitting hairs), with a similarity to the 2016, and will most likely merit another point at maturity. Best After 2033.
98 Points James Suckling
This is a very refined, polished Cos with superb finesse and length. Medium-to full-bodied, very fine and persistent. Really long with beautiful tannins. Rich, but fresh and linear. Yet, the alcohol is around 13.5%. 62% cabernet and 38% merlot.
98 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2020 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. The harvest took place September 10–24 with a yield of 39 hectoliters per hectare. The alcohol weighs in at 13.46% with a pH of 3.9 and an IPT (total phenolic index) of 80. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 55% new. Deep purple-black in color, it pops with explosive scents of ripe red and black currants, black cherry preserves and black raspberries, followed by sparks of violets, wild sage, pencil lead and clove oil, with emerging hints of iron ore and damp soil. The medium-bodied palate has amazing elegance and grace contrasted by jaw-dropping energy, featuring a firm frame of finely grained tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a whole firework display of mineral nuances. I love the way this Cos d'Estournel shimmies and shines—a unique vintage signature expressed so beautifully at this estate!
97 Points Decanter
You need to take a little time to let the concentrated flavours seep out, this is a long hauler. The tannins build slowly but surely through the palate, sombre and serious right now, particularly for an estate that is known for its exuberance. The opulence is there if you give it time, and as the tannins elongate and relax, richer notes of bilberry fruits, toasted cedar, salted chocolate, turmeric and black pepper spice arrives. Harvest September 10 to 24. A 3.9pH is the highest since 2003, but any threat of low acidity is balanced by high tannins, and relatively low alcohol. A yield of 39hl/ha (43hl/ha in 2019).
97 Points Wine Enthusiast
Powerful, ripe fruits show exceptional quality and a velvety character that's allied to a ripe structure. With the freshness so typical of the vintage, the wine seems open and fruity but surprises with its density.
Carefully hand-harvested and sorted before undergoing fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels, with a portion of new oak, for about 18-20 months to add complexity, structure, and flavor.
Visually appealing dark purple color with intense aromas of black fruits, cassis, spices, and cedar. On the palate, rich and powerful, with flavors of blackberries, blackcurrants, and dark chocolate, along with firm tannins and a long, persistent finish. It is anticipated to have excellent aging potential, with the ability to improve and develop over time.
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The history of Château Cos d'Estournel dates back to the early 19th century when it was founded by Louis Gaspard d'Estournel. D'Estournel was a visionary winemaker who recognized the unique potential of the vineyard's terroir and was known for his innovative winemaking techniques, including the use of new oak barrels and exporting his wines to far-flung destinations like India and China.
After changing hands several times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Château Cos d'Estournel was acquired by the Merlaut family in 1917. The Merlauts invested in the estate and helped to maintain its reputation for producing high-quality wines, even during difficult times such as the Great Depression and the world wars.
In 1998, Château Cos d'Estournel was purchased by Michel Reybier, a French entrepreneur, who continued to invest in the estate and modernize its winemaking facilities. Under Reybier's ownership, the estate has achieved even greater recognition and has been consistently praised for producing outstanding wines that reflect the unique terroir of Saint-Estèphe.
Today, Château Cos d'Estournel is considered one of the top wineries in Bordeaux and is known for its signature style of powerful, complex, and age-worthy red wines. The estate is committed to sustainable and environmentally-friendly winemaking practices, including organic farming and the use of renewable energy sources. The wines of Château Cos d'Estournel are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and they continue to be a benchmark for quality in the Bordeaux wine region
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