a “Super Second” at a third of the price of many of 2010’s First Growths.
The 1960s and ‘70s were not kind to many Bordeaux estates. Chemical fertilizers, mechanical harvesting, and other post-WWII technologies allowed many to pursue unprecedented quantity, while quality suffered dramatically.
When Bruno Prats and his brothers gained control in 1970, Cos d’Estournel began its ascent into the stratosphere of the wine world. With Bruno’s son Jean-Guillaume following his father’s famous footsteps, the Prats family guided operations at the 224-acre estate for more than 40 years. Today, this St-Estèphe estate is firmly established as one of the “Super Seconds” of the Médoc. Those seeking a perfect encapsulation of their relentless pursuit of quality need taste no further than the 2010 Cos d’Estournel, one of the last vintages Jean-Guillaume oversaw from back-to-front. Robert Parker found Cos “at the very top of its game” in 2010.
Before he left, Jean-Guillaume got to see a dream he inherited from his father made real at Cos d’Estournel. Michel Reybier bought the estate in 2000, and then the Dutch magnate poured a fortune into overhauling and updating. An ultra-modern winemaking facility was constructed, with all movement of wine gently facilitated by a completely gravity-fed system. Some 72 different fermentation tanks were installed, so that separate lots from the estate could be tracked meticulously through fermentation and beyond.
In 2010, an extraordinarily high percentage (78%) of late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on perfectly exposed south- and east-facing slopes, directly adjacent to the Pauillac First Growth Lafite-Rothschild, was blended with 19% Merlot and trace amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In the exceptional 2010 vintage, Cos d’Estournel used 80 percent new oak, and was produced in the state-of-the-art facility at Cos.
But for all this attention in the vineyard and winery, the best wines can only achieve their potential in the best vintages. Lovers of flashy, ripe, California-style fruit bombs have stampeded toward the Médoc’s heralded 2009 vintage. With a harmonious balance of ripe fruit, minerality, and earthiness, 2010 will appeal to all, and especially to lovers of classically framed Claret.
The 2010 Cos d’Estournel is opaque purple-ruby in the glass, with a ruby rim. Powerful aromas of blackberry, cassis, violets and beautifully integrated new-wood cedar tinged with fennel spice and black licorice. Generous on the attack with concentrated dark plum and sweet black raspberry fruits that glow next to a kaleidoscopic of dried violets, bittersweet baking chocolate, espresso, graphite, and crushed rocks. Texturally massive, with huge, but polished tannins, firm acidity and an astounding 60+ second finish — a feat only achieved by the greatest wines of the world.
James Suckling called it “pure and precise” and a “wine with so much class” before pinning on 98 points. The Wine Advocate gave it 97+ and called it a “beauty” that will be “full and rich” in your cellar or your glass for the next “three-plus decades.” Add to all that another 97 points from Spectator for such a "stunning wine.” Enough said.
If you’re a fan of Lafite, Latour, or the other great First Growths of the Médoc, you probably hit the “Buy” button as soon as you saw the price. For the rest, bottles this good just don’t come available at prices approaching today’s $279/bottle — a “Super Second” at a third of the price of many of 2010’s First Growths. Only 150 bottles. Shipping included on all orders. Your cellar will thank you.
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