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Cos D'Estournel 1996 (750ML)

$245.00 $199.00
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SKU:
COSESTOU96B
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Vintage:
1996
Format:
750ML
Appellation:
Saint Estephe
Region:
Left Bank
Stock Status:
Pre-Arrival

Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions

98 DE / 94 WA

This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. More deft and cedary than the bigger boned 1986 vintage (also tasted), this is light delicate and elegant. Again, ink and spice on the nose, with stunning cedar and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of undergrowth, graphite and cigar box. Beautifully fresh with sublime melting tannins. The blend is a classic 6040 Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot ratio with 65% aged in new oak. The finish is sweet and imperiously long. Drinking beautifully now. Tasted at Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2015 - John Stimpfig, Decanter

Tasted at the château, the 1996 Cos d'Estournel was aged in 65% new oak (unlike the 1995 which was 100%) and is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a straight down the line, intense and focused, graphite and melted tar bouquet. It is almost Pauillac in style, no surprise given its proximity. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity, finer tannin than the 1986 Cos d'Estournel tasted alongside, but sharing those same leitmotifs of black pepper and sea salt. I like the nonchalance of this Cos d'Estournel. At 20 years it is not an ostentatious wine, not determined to go out and impress, but its nuance, stylishness and classicism grow on you. Its virtues seem to register only after you swallow the wine and find yourself tempted back for more. Excellent. Tasted July 2016. - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

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