(2004 Vintage) Cos d'Estournel has become, in the eyes of the Great Wine lovers, the archetype of a certain style of virile elegance where the power excludes neither grace nor sweetness. Impressive in his youth by the intensity of its structure and the brilliance of its fruit, the wine of Cos d'Estournel evolves slowly to reach its full maturity (between 10 and 30 years) a melted and a wonderful aromatic complexity. The great vintages can achieve exceptional longevity, exceeding the century.
Wine & SpiritsFew 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 SpectatorRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 6/04