1996 Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • ST 94
  • WA 93
  • WS 90
  • NM 90

Reviews for 1996 Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux Blend

ST 94
Stephen Tanzer - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 1999
Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with... Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with thoroughly ripe, noble cabernet tannins. Superb.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1999
Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive... Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young Cos d'Estournels I have ever tasted, this thick, structured, tannic wine has closed down significantly since bottling. It requires 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last for 30-35 years. It is a fabulous Cos, but patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2007
Lots of tobacco, berry and spice character on the nose. Light herbal undertone. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a caressing, pretty-textured finish. Chewy. I would wait a little. 1995 looks better to me now... Lots of tobacco, berry and spice character on the nose. Light herbal undertone. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a caressing, pretty-textured finish. Chewy. I would wait a little. 1995 looks better to me now. Outstanding but not as exciting as I remember.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. 26,000 cases made. –JS
NM 90
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, November 2009
Tasted at the Cos d’Estournel dinner at St. John. This is rather disappointing compared to other vintages. The nose is relatively lightweight, earthy and leathery but lacking real character and vigour. Just a hint of... Tasted at the Cos d’Estournel dinner at St. John. This is rather disappointing compared to other vintages. The nose is relatively lightweight, earthy and leathery but lacking real character and vigour. Just a hint of coconut emerges with time from the new oak. The palate is linear, medium-bodied, balanced but it does not really take you anywhere. What you might describe as a “pointed” wine, rather than fanning out towards the finish. I expected more. Drink now-2016.