Source: Interim End of November 2018, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 30th Nov 2018 (RP-94)
The 2004 Cos d’Estournel is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet in color with a touch of brick, the nose is still very youthful, sporting notions of plum preserves, blackcurrant cordial and Black Forest cake with hints of garrigue, wild sage, charcuterie, black olives and unsmoked cigars. The medium to full-bodied palate is generously fruited with bags of earthy and black fruit preserves layers, framed by chewy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long.
Drink Date: 2018 – 2033
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: June 12, 2016 (JS-95)
This is another example of the wonderful 2004 vintage for Bordeaux. They are so delicious to drink now. The Cos is one of the best out there. And very reasonably priced at less than $150 a bottle. The charcuterie that hits you as soon as you open this Bordeaux is overwhelming: it’ssmoky, spicy and sexy. Minutes later you realize the complexity on offer, catching just a scent of the dark fruits hidden beneath, and before those, long and wonderful hints of balsamic vinegar. On the palate this shows elegance and finesse thanks to fabulous balance, extremely integrated tannins and a long and glorious finish. This is so satisfying and wonderful now, but the slightly bitter aftertaste on the rear palate suggests this could do with at least another 10 years before opening.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON: 74%
CABERNET FRANC: 3%
While in its youth, the 2004 vintage might appear slightly austere, the ageing was widely beneficial. It unfolds today at its real value, with specific aromas, in point of fact woody and spicy. It is an elegant wine with remarkable personality.
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