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Cos d'Estournel Saint Estephe - $149.99

Wine Details

Vintage: 1997
Price: $149.99
Producer: Château Cos d’Estournel
Region: Saint Estèphe
Varietal: Bordeaux - Red
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors:
  • Award Winning
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • Dense purple colour. Wonderful notes of spices and chocolate with a great expression of the fruit. Rich and dense. Drink: 2012-2040.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
Tanzer - 93-96  Details: (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. A great showing today. 2005 Tanzer black fruit, blackberry, camphor, chocolate, new oak
Tanzer - 93-96  Details: (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. A great showing today. 2005 Tanzer black fruit, blackberry, camphor, chocolate, new oak
Tanzer - 91 Details: ($69-$100) Deep red-ruby. Aromas of cassis, plum, licorice and coconutty oak. Round, suave and ripe, with lovely depth of flavor and a pliant, full texture for the year. This doesn't have quite the thrust of the 2006, but it's lively and fresh, and finishes ripely tannic and long. 2004 Tanzer blackberry, espresso, jammy, leather, minerals, new oak, red fruits, spices
Tanzer - 94 Details: ($143-$185; IPT of 88) Red-ruby. Knockout nose combines currant, espresso, earth and exotic spices. Wonderfully round and sweet, with outstanding volume and density. A spherical, seamless wine that saturates the entire palate. The huge but lush tannins coat the teeth. This is accessible now but has the sheer material for long aging. 2003 Tanzer chocolatey, dark chocolate, licorice, minerals, oak, tobacco leaf
Tanzer - 91 Details: ($69-$100) Deep red-ruby. Aromas of cassis, plum, licorice and coconutty oak. Round, suave and ripe, with lovely depth of flavor and a pliant, full texture for the year. This doesn't have quite the thrust of the 2006, but it's lively and fresh, and finishes ripely tannic and long. 2004 Tanzer blackberry, espresso, jammy, leather, minerals, new oak, red fruits, spices
Tanzer - 94 Details: ($143-$185; IPT of 88) Red-ruby. Knockout nose combines currant, espresso, earth and exotic spices. Wonderfully round and sweet, with outstanding volume and density. A spherical, seamless wine that saturates the entire palate. The huge but lush tannins coat the teeth. This is accessible now but has the sheer material for long aging. 2003 Tanzer chocolatey, dark chocolate, licorice, minerals, oak, tobacco leaf
Tanzer - 93 Details: ($70-$100) 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; the tannins here make those of the young 2004 seem a bit tough by comparison. Superb, complete wine. Drink from 2010 to 2020. 2002 Tanzer cassis, fresh herbs, minerals, new oak, spice, tobacco, violet
Tanzer - 91-93 Details: Saturated ruby-red. Aromas of redcurrant, minerals, tobacco and damp earth. Juicy and spicy in the mouth, with a distinct suggestion of graphite. Shows less sweetness and more oakiness today than the 2001. In an awkward stage prior to the bottling, but this has grip and excellent persistence. 91-93 points 2002 Tanzer earth, graphite, minerals, redcurrant, spicy, tobacco
Tanzer - 92 Details: ($64-$100) 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. Better than the 2000. 2001 Tanzer blackberry, blueberry, cassis, fresh herbs, lead pencil, minerals, new oak
Tanzer - 91-93 Details: ($50-$65; the merlot got a ten-day pre-fermentation cold soak) Ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry and cassis, with a distinct peppery cabernet lift; at once exotic and cool. Sweetly oaky and lush, with lovely inner-mouth perfume and grip. Precise, seamless and very light on its feet. Builds subtly and lingers on the finish, leaving behind a note of chocolate. The cabernet on clay and chalk soil is not very vigorous, noted Prats, and it always yields a green element that is very refreshing. "But it has been a big mistake for estates in St. Estephe to plant merlot on this type of soil," he added. 91-93 points 2001 Tanzer black cherry, cassis, chalk, chocolate, peppery
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Mozzarella, Sharp Cheddar, Blue Cheese, Feta, Goat Cheese
Red Meat Roast Beef, Beef Stew, Lamb, Lamb Stew, Salami, Sausage, Variety Meats or Organ Meats, Kidney
Poultry & Eggs Spicy Chicken Dishes
Vegetables Ratatouille
Sauces Red Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Bay Leaf, Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme
Cheese Aged Cheddar

Awards and Accolades

  Name Vintage
Award Winner Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008 2005

Wine Terms

Name Value
Bordeaux A region in western France that grows famous red wines from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes and white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes. Situated on the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux has a maritime climate with warm summers and fairly mild winters as well as an abundance of rain during harvest time. When young, the finest red Bordeaux wines have a deep cranberry hue and aromas of blackcurrants, plums, spice, cedar, and cassis. For the first ten years or so these wines can be very dry, with tannin masking the fruity flavors. Eventually the wines turn garnet, and develops an extraordinarily complex bouquet and flavor as well as softer tannins. The finest red Bordeaux wines still take 20 years or so before reaching their maturity. Two distinct red wine production zones exist within the Bordeaux region; the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The Left Bank vineyards are located west of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary, into which the Garonne empties. The Right Bank vineyards are east and north of the Dordogne River and east of the Grionde Estuary. Of the various wine districts on the Left and Right Banks, four are the most important for red wines: Haut-Médoc; Pessac-Leognan, St-Emilion, and Pomerol. For white wines, the most important are Graves and Pessac-Leognan.
France France is the standard bearer for all the world’s wines, with regard to the types of grapes that are used to make wine and with the system of defining and regulating winemaking. Its Appellation d’Origine Controlee, or AOC system, is the legislative model for most other European countries. Most French wines are named after places. The system is hierarchical; generally the smaller and more specific the region for which a wine is named, the higher its rank. There are four possible ranks of French wine, and each is always stated on the label: Appellation Contrôlée (or AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (or VDQS); Vin de pays, or country wine; and Vin de table. France has five major wine regions, although there are several others that make interesting wines. The three major regions for red wine are Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone; for white wines, the regions are Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace. Each region specialized in certain grape varieties for its wines, based on climate, soil, and local tradition. Two other significant French wine regions are Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both in the south of France. Cahors, in the southwest of the country, produces increasingly good wines.
St. Estéphe A commune in the Haut Medoc district of Bordeaux. Its wines, made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet France, and Petit Verdot grapes, are firm, tannic, earthy, and slow to mature.

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