Dense, old vine flavors of cassis and black fruit offset by refined mineral, liquorice and tobacco notes lead into this wine's layered, complex palate which is supported by a firm, focused backbone of sweet, ripe tannins and an elegant, balanced acidity on the extended finish.
Splurge wine. Garnet with brown, orange, and white rim variation. Nose of cherry, strawberry jam, leather, dry hay, blackberries, dry leaves, stewed tomatoes, sage. Perfectly integrated acids and tannins. Paired very well with wagyu strip steak but even better on its own. Intoxicating nose that goes on and on. Long finish.
93 pts. great wine. showing great now. 9/2012.
Wine & Spirits(From 2001 Vintage) Few men have translated their intellectual brilliance into brilliant wine as directly as Bruno Prats, proprietor of the magnificent Cos d'Estournel. The château itself is a 19th century architectural homage to the exotic Far East. The vineyard, just north across the marsh from Lafite, stretches to the Gironde on a deep, gravel promontory. Under Prats' stewardship, it has become one of the most reliable sources of first-quality wine in the Médoc. And the lustrous '94 is a prime example. The color is a deep and luminous ruby. The complex terroir unfolds deep Cabernet flavors read more...under a sheen of flashier Merlot and new oak. As such, it provides both intellectual and sensual pleasures, it the two can be considered separately. It's a classic Cos, and among the best of the '94s. (hide)
Wine Spectator(From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 6/04
Wine Advocate(From 1996 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/11/2012
Robert Parker(From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/01/2009