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2012 Chateau Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estephe
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About Chateau Cos d'Estournel

Across the street from Medoc giant Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Cos d'Estournel stands up well to its famous neighbor. The winery dates back to 1810, when Louis Gaspard d'Estournel christened the site and began producing wine.

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2012 Chateau Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estephe

Producer: Chateau Cos d'Estournel
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Saint Estephe

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88-91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - April 2013

(a blend of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot, 5 g/l total acidity; 3.73 pH, 95 IPT; 13.8% alcohol):  Bright, full ruby.  Aromas of fresh blackcurrant, graphite and bitter chocolate are complicated by delicately smoky minerality and lifted by an enticing floral quality.  Fine-grained, generous and sweet, with plenty of sound acidity giving noteworthy precision to the palate.  Finishes dense and long, with soft, polished tannins and lingering notes of red and darker fruits.  A lovely Cos, more refined and less exotic than some previous vintages.  You can tell they are de-leafing a great deal less at Cos of late and vintages since 2009 have shown less "solar" personalities and more precision.  Interestingly, this is the first year in a long time that I recall cabernet franc making it into the grand vin at Cos.  Winemaker Dominique Arangoits told me it's from a one-hectare parcel of 35-year-old vines on clay that ripened well, and it no doubt contributed to this wine's bright perfume.  The grand vin represents 50% of the total production in 2012.   

92 Points | Wine Spectator
85 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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