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Saint Estephe, Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005 1.5L magnum


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The greatest Cos! Rich, powerful and very long-lived. First growth quality. A smart buy for those seeking classic collectibles from this great 2005 vintage.


""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." 98/100 Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate

"Black in color, with aromas of orange peel, new leather, currant, berry and Christmas pudding. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and a long, long finish of fruit and spices. The cashmere texture is all there. 2003 plus 2000 equals 2005. Best after 2015." 98/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2008


"(78% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 3% cabernet franc; 13.8% alcohol; 3.71 pH) Deep ruby-red. Lovely floral lift to the blackberry aroma, with the new oak barely making an appearance yet. Lush and sweet, with real verve to the penetrating black fruit, camphor and chocolate flavors. Boasts superb finesse and freshness; really dances on the palate. Finishes juicy and very long, with terrific grip and some youthful austerity. But the substantial tannins (the IPT, or indice de polyphenols totaux) is a rather high 80) are thoroughly suave. Likely to be a classic, long-lived vintage for this wine.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.'" 96/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar