Louis Caspard d'Estournel inherited the estates of Cos and Pomys in 1971. He was deeply convinced that his land was exceptional and took incredible risks to enhance and innovate the estate. The risks he took eventually cost him the estate to settle debts, but he late reacquired it and would live to see it designated a Deuxieme Grand Cru du Medoc. He died in 1883, two years before Chateau Cos d'Estournel was classified as a Second Growth Estate. The current owner, Michel Reybier, shares the founder's passion for quality winemaking and has invested greatly in state of the art facilities, preserving the legacy of the estate and safeguarding the future.
The 91 hectares of Cos d'Estournel are composed of a mosaic of 61 plots. Planted two-thirds in Cabernet Sauvignon, they are complemented by Merlot, and in a small proportion by Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
While I am not convinced the 2005 Cos d’Estournel will eclipse the compelling 2003 Cos, it is unquestionably another superb classic from proprietor Michel Reybier and his brilliant winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats. Made from an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) and the balance mostly Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, this superb effort requires plenty of time in the bottle. It boasts an inky/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of licorice, Asian spices, creme de cassis, blackberries, and toasty oak. This full-bodied St.-Estephe is exceptionally powerful, pure, and dense with a layered mid-palate that builds like a skyscraper. While there are massive tannins, they are remarkably velvety and well-integrated in this big, backstrapping effort that should enjoy an unusually long life. Forget it for 8-10 years, and drink it between 2017-2040.
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