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1994 Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA91
  • WS91
  • WA89
  • WA89

Reviews

WA91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 1997
A word of admiration and praise is in order for Bruno Prats. One of St.-Estephe's most forward thinking producers, Prats is never content with merely making outstanding wine. Over the last few years he has improved... A word of admiration and praise is in order for Bruno Prats. One of St.-Estephe's most forward thinking producers, Prats is never content with merely making outstanding wine. Over the last few years he has improved Cos d'Estournel, already one of the great wines of Bordeaux, by eliminating any filtration at bottling, and replacing the standard paper label with one made of plastic so it will not disintegrate in damp, humid cellars. Additionally, the quality of his wines in such difficult vintages as 1992 and 1993 has been remarkable. Readers should also note that a second wine, the beautifully packaged Les Pagodes de Cos, has been implemented with the 1994 vintage. It appears to be a fine second wine. While tasting through Cos d'Estournel's wines, it was interesting to taste the unfiltered 1994 against the same cuvee of wine that was put through the normal filtration. The filtered cuvee was an excellent wine (I rated it 88), but as Bruno Prats and several other people at the tasting could easily see, it had less opacity, color, and aromatic interest, and far less volume and mid-palate. Most Bordeaux chateaux continue to do too much fining and filtering, but some of the more seriously run estates are curtailing the most abusive clarification procedures, and are finally opening their minds to the negative impact too much fining and filtration can cause. Sadly, most of my colleagues have fallen hook, line, and sinker for the standard response from oenologists and producers on this issue ... "fining and filtration have no effect on a wine."
WS91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 1997
Outstanding quality for the vintage. A full-bodied Bordeaux that offers wonderful aromas of tobacco, berry and cedar, loads of refined tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Better from 2000. 22,000 cases made. (JS)
WA89
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1996
The 1994 and 1995 vintages of Cos d'Estournel are slightly different in style, but are virtually equivalent in qualitative terms. The 1994 is one of the top wines of the vintage. It reveals a dense, opaque purple... The 1994 and 1995 vintages of Cos d'Estournel are slightly different in style, but are virtually equivalent in qualitative terms. The 1994 is one of the top wines of the vintage. It reveals a dense, opaque purple color, and a ripe, sweet nose of black fruits, smoke, vanillin, and licorice. Extremely well-made, this medium to full-bodied wine possesses surprising size, yet accessibility, and admirable purity. It will require 2-4 years of cellaring after its release, and promises to keep for 20 years.
WA89
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1995
Only 50% of the harvest went into the 1994 Cos d'Estournel, a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/40% Merlot blend. The deep, saturated, dark ruby/purple color is followed by gobs of toasty vanillin scents from new oak, a rich... Only 50% of the harvest went into the 1994 Cos d'Estournel, a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/40% Merlot blend. The deep, saturated, dark ruby/purple color is followed by gobs of toasty vanillin scents from new oak, a rich, sweet, pure nose of cassis, medium body, potentially outstanding concentration and definition, and a ripe, moderately tannic finish. This elegant, authoritatively flavored wine should be at its best between 2000-2020.</P>

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