91 Points "Remarkably lush and supple for the appellation, yet not lacking in density, with rich plum, cassis and blackberry confiture notes leading the way and flickers of charcoal, tobacco and singed iron keeping the almost-flattering finish honest. Approachable, but this should knit nicely with mid-term cellaring."
93 Points "Spices, nutmeg, dark fruits on the nose, follow through to a full body, with very precise tannins and a long finish. A beautiful and racy wine."
94 Points "The brilliant 2009 Les Pagodes de Cos actually has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than the grand vin (69% versus 65%) in addition to mostly Merlot and a small quantity of Petit Verdot. As powerful as the Cos in terms of alcoholic clout (14.5%), the full-bodied, round, generous Les Pagodes de Cos exhibits lots of creme de cassis and floral notes intermixed with hints of wood/barrique and spice. Juicy, succulent and remarkably fresh and well-delineated, it merits considerable attention from consumers. It should drink well for 15-20 years."
90-92 points "The second wine, the 2008 Les Pagodes de Cos, is the finest example of this cuvee yet made. A blend of 53% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Petit Verdot, with a natural alcohol of 13.5%, it offers beautiful freshness along with sweet, pure notes of creme de cassis, earth, and forest floor. Sweet tannin, striking concentration, and a lush style make for an impressive wine that should drink beautifully for 15+ years."
91-93 points "A dark garnet core with limpid pink rim. The is something almost Burgundian on the nose, a touch of greenness at first but that dissipates with just a few swirls of the glass. Good definition and lift. This is a very fine nose for Les Pagodes. It develops aromas of apricots and blood oranges with aeration. The palate is meduim-boided, very good ripeness, lovely sense of tension as on La Goulee. Very fine definition with lively, very bright, floral fruits on the finish. Excellent."
97 Points "This is a stunner, with gloriously ripe, succulent cassis, blackberry and fig fruit flavors backed by extra notes of plum cake, blueberry confiture and roasted wood spice. On the back half, the iron spine takes over on the hard-driving and extremely long, anise- and incense-tinged finish. An awesome expression of the modern style. Best from 2020 through 2040."
97 Points "This is a stunner, with gloriously ripe, succulent cassis, blackberry and fig fruit flavors backed by extra notes of plum cake, blueberry confiture and roasted wood spice. On the back half, the iron spine takes over on the hard-driving and extremely long, anise- and incense-tinged finish. An awesome expression of the modern style."
100 Points "What a fabulous nose of currants, raspberries and Indian spices. Nutmeg and clover. Full-bodied, with an amazing precision and superb compacted fruit. Endless. Laser guided. Shows such intensity. Decadent and rich and changing all the time. Mystical wine. Dense, yet agile."
100 Points "One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted, the monumental 2009 Cos d’Estournel has lived up to its pre-bottling potential. A remarkable effort from winemaking guru Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot (33%) and a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%) was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts an inky/black/purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of white flowers interwoven with blackberry and blueberry liqueur, incense, charcoal and graphite. The wine hits the palate with extraordinary purity, balance and intensity as well as perfect equilibrium, and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, wood and alcohol. An iconic wine as well as a remarkable achievement, it is the greatest Cos d’Estournel ever produced. It is approachable enough at present that one could appreciate it with several hours of decanting, but it will not hit its prime for a decade, and should age effortlessly for a half century."
90 Points "The Grand Vin has retained that exotic, lush, generous bouquet with very ripe dark berried fruits intermingling with dark chocolate and a touch of espresso. Moderate definition... The palate is full-bodied with grippy tannins, very intense dark fruits intermingling with mocha and dark chocolate. Firm grip, still New World in style whilst the spherical finish is missing a little tension."
100 Points "Classic Cos with so much spice and fruit, yet refined and sexy. Powerful with super silky tannins. Full bodied, yet incredibly compacted. This is so tight and rich with layers of fruit and tannins and a finish that last for minutes on the palate... Fab."
93+ Points "Compared to its peers it is more forward on the nose: quite meaty and savoury, some expressive, slightly herbaceous Cabernet Franc here that I have not noticed previously. The palate is medium-bodied with good extraction: fleshy and supple in the mouth, a lot of creamy new oak... Very fine indeed although it will improve with bottle age."
94-96+ points "It reveals exceptionally precise, fresh aromas of black fruits, crushed rocks, licorice, flowers, and subtle smoke. Dense and high in tannin, the extraordinary richness of polyphenols has given the wine power, substance, and depth, but the sweetness of the tannin and the seemingly low acidity, even though the wine tastes remarkably fresh and the pH is only 3.57 (compared to pH’s close to 4 when the fruit is this ripe), has given the wine a precision and elegance that is remarkable. ...This wine should gain weight, richness, and a few Parker points by the time it is bottled."
17 Points "Lots of ripeness and minerals. A different order from the other St-Estèphes. Much more lusciousness, even if less typical of the appellation! Really rather smart and well managed... Very long and actually rather glamorous."
92 Points "It displays good lift on the nose with very pure blackberry and raspberry coulis intermixed with graphite, underlying mineralité coming through with aeration. The palate has a peppery entry, fine tannins and good weight, cohesive with lovely ripe tertiary flavours towards the finish. Very fine."
90 Points "Fresh mushroom on the nose, with dark fruits and berries. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a rich, fruity finish. Balanced and pretty, with lovely length."
88-91 points James Suckling's top-scoring 2007 Bordeaux Barrels: " Full and long, with a lovely perfume of dried flowers and berry."
89-92 points "Good saturated medium ruby. Black cherry, cassis, minerals and spices lifted by a peppery nuance. Full, rich and ripe, with black fruit and mineral flavors given a firm edge by piquant licorice and herbs. Finishes with good breadth and dusty, fine tannins."
94-95 points "The palate is full-bodied, very good ripeness again with bright black fruits laced with touches of black cherry, orange zest and an engaging citrus freshness towards the finish. This is an unequivocal success for the vintages, certainly one of the best wines. Good grip on the off-dry finish. Superb."
92-94 points "Impressively perfumed, packed with blackberry fruits, balancedwith dark tannins. Of course, there are new wood flavors, but the fruit surrounds it impressively. The aftertaste is ripe, juicy."
91-93 points "Good medium red-ruby. Musky aromas of dark fruits, smoky herbs, pepper, menthol and game. Then surprisingly sweet on entry before turning masculine and broad-shouldered in the middle, with impressive volume. Serious, smoky, soil-driven flavors of dark fruits, menthol and minerals. The solid tannins saturate the front teeth and the sides of the mouth"
94 points "Good ruby-red. Knockout nose combines currant, plum, minerals, licorice and graphite. Wonderfully sweet, rich and deep, but with near-perfect balancing acidity to frame the wine's lush fruit. This superb 2005 has it all. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins and palate-saturating persistence. On my most recent visit, Prats told me he considered 2005 to be superior to the 2003, and that the '05 may be "our best wine ever."
Outstanding, 92 Poin "A beautiful example of the vintage, proprietor Michel Reybier and his top-notch winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats, have fashioned an exceptional wine displaying a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of boysenberries, black currants, cherries, pain grille, roasted herbs, and licorice. Medium-bodied with impressive density for the vintage, sweet tannin, and outstanding richness and length, it should be at its finest between 2009 and 2020+."
98 Points "Deeply colored. Rich nose shows some sweetness with almost overripe honeysuckle, black cherry, dark plum, smoke, tar, tobacco, and mushroom notes. Simply profound in the mouth; extremely dense, complex, concentrated, and hugely extracted....There’s plenty of tannin, perfect acidity, and total harmony of flavors. The finish was very long with that wonderful fruit leading the way. This was a great, great wine tonight that will improve with time."
92 Points "When the wine is first opened, its red fruit saturates the tannin, the concentrated extract building to a knockout punch of flavor, the tannins massing into a hammerlock of mineral intensity. The flavors deepen to blackberry and resinous herbs, but air only makes the wine meatier. For the cellar."
95 Points "With its aromas of new wood, spice and black fruits, this promises from the start to be a powerful, polished wine. It is dense, very ripe, but still packed with tannins. It's a massive wine, bringing together the heat of 2003 with the big tannins of Saint-Estephe."
Decanter Award - Fiv "Strong youthful nose, some exotic spicy oak. Thick black fruit here. Great density, fabulously ripe Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. A sensational wine."
Ultimate Buying Guid "Gorgeous aromas of currants and berries with hints of licorice. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a pretty finish. Silky. This is extremely good for the vintage. The team of Cos worked hard on their 2002 and it shows. Best after 2009."
Decanter Award - Med "Great depth, very black fruit and generous. Rich tones coated with fruit and glycerol."
93 Points "Good red-ruby. Deep, aromatic, highly complex nose combines raspberry, espresso, tree bark, leather, graphite, cedar, coconut and exotic woodsmoke. Lush, sweet and pure, with very ripe flavors of currant, dark chocolate and graphite, nicely framed by perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes broad and suave... superb complete wine. Drink from 2010 to 2020."
93 Points "One of the candidates for wine of the vintage, this beauty has a dense purple color to the rim and a classic, noble nose of graphite intermixed with black currant, spice box, licorice, and red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied with exceptional precision and definition, this beautifully textured wine stands out as one of the most successful wines of this irregular vintage. A brilliant effort, it should be at its best between 2008 and 2020."
Decanter Award - Med "Calm, collected and confident. Exotic, complex and alluring. Shows restraint, yet offers many dimensions. A great result."
93 Points "A beautiful effort, the 2001 Cos d’Estournel exhibits a poised, noble bouquet of black currants, cedar, spice box, and licorice. A hint of truffles emerges as it sits in the glass. Medium-bodied with sweet fruit (mostly black) and nicely integrated wood, it builds incrementally in the mouth, ending with a 50-second finish. Drink this stylish, restrained yet substantial claret over the next 15+ years."
92 Points "Bright ruby-red. Vibrant, complex aromas of cassis, graphite, eucalyptus and tobacco. Fat and sweet but shapely, with impressive density and underlying structure. Flavors of plum, mint, roasted nuts and sweet oak. Fairly full for young Cos, but quite suave. Finishes with firm but smooth tannins and excellent grip."
90 Points "Red-ruby. Currant, black olive, minerals and currant leaf on the nose. Bright, pure and focused, with aromatic inner-mouth flavors of cedar and lead pencil. Austere but not dry. More fruity and less tannic than the '96, but of roughly similar weight. Finishes firmly tannic, with sneaky persistence."
94 Points "Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with thoroughly ripe, noble cabernet tannins. Superb."
93 Points "Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young Cos d'Estournels I have ever tasted, this thick, structured, tannic wine has closed down significantly since bottling. It requires 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last for 30-35 years. It is a fabulous Cos, but patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030."
95 Points "A classy and impressive young Bordeaux from an appellation that stepped up in '96. Dark-colored, with plenty of currant and spice aromas, the wine is full-bodied, with very velvety tannins and allspice, berry and currant flavors. Long, long finish. One of the wines of the vintage, it's a beauty. Best after 2005."
95 Points "Tasted 7 Times Since Bottling With Consistent Notes. The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2010."
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