1996 Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • ST 94
  • WA 94
  • WS 90
  • NM 90

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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 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2016
Tasted at the château, the 1996 Cos d'Estournel was aged in 65% new oak (unlike the 1995 which was 100%) and is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a straight down the line, intense and focused... Tasted at the château, the 1996 Cos d'Estournel was aged in 65% new oak (unlike the 1995 which was 100%) and is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a straight down the line, intense and focused, graphite and melted tar bouquet. It is almost Pauillac in style, no surprise given its proximity. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity, finer tannin than the 1986 Cos d'Estournel tasted alongside, but sharing those same leitmotifs of black pepper and sea salt. I like the nonchalance of this Cos d'Estournel. At 20 years it is not an ostentatious wine, not determined to go out and impress, but its nuance, stylishness and classicism grow on you. Its virtues seem to register only after you swallow the wine and find yourself tempted back for more. Excellent. Tasted July 2016. - Neal Martin
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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 1996