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1996 Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux Blend

France Bordeaux St Estephe

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Professional Reviews

94 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC 5/1999
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 4/1999
95 points Wine Spectator 1/1999

Member Reviews

Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux Blend 1996
Lots of terroir

Rated  on May 12, 2008

This wine drinks like a classic St. Estephe.  It begins lean and somewhat austere with substantial mineral notes. Its structure is apparent right out of the bottle, but the mid-palate is quite hollow.  After about an hour and a half of decanting, though, the fruit begins to come alive and flesh out the structure.  All of the things we like about Bordeaux varietals are there - cassis, red and black fruits, etc. - not in a big way, but well balanced.

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Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux Blend 1996

Rated  on Aug 27, 2007


This Bordeaux dances across the scenes like a skilled dancer. With a fragrance that had some much verity it would satisfy just about anyone. There is a thickness to this Bordeaux that is nice and full. This wine is structured well with a full body and a long finish it was satisfying and sweet.

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Network Reviews

Long Decanting Is Required
Score: 94 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
Sampled 5/29/06. This wine was decanted for 4 hours, and it needed it. Deep purple/garnet color. Obvious Bordeaux nose. Cassis, black currant, herbs and spices, slight Oak on finish. Remains strong through mid palate and the tannins are firm but pliable and work well with the rich but not overripe fruit. A real winner, but I`d it put back on its side for at least a few more years.
Posted by mxpbuy on May 30, 2006
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