Chateau Cos d’Estournel has a long and distinguished history as a Bordeaux wine property in the St. Estephe appellation. Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, gave his name to the estate after founding in 1811. The property is adjacent to Château Lafite-Rothschild in the neighboring commune of Pauillac.
Chateau Cos d’Estournel was one of the first Bordeaux chateaux to bottle, label and sell their own wine. This practice continued until the death of Louis Gaspard d’Estournel in 1852. It did not take more than a few years before Chateau Cos d’Estournel became famous with wine lovers and royalty all over the world. The wines, too, are distinctive. A mix of elegance and power with a slightly exotic edge, they are among the best that can be found in Bordeaux today.
The medium to deep garnet colored 2008 Cos d’Estournel is blended of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Pow! The nose explodes with notes of baked cherries, preserved plums, fried herbs, beef drippings and warm cassis with wafts of wood smoke, salami and tobacco leaf. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and earthy/savory in character, sporting beautifully ripe, grainy tannins and bags of freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note. [95 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown –November 2018, robertparker.com]