2012 Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 95 JA 95 WE 94 JD 93 JL 93 NM 93 WA 93 TWI 92 VN 92 WS 92 DC 91
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, November 2015

Always excellent for the vintage. What a nose with currants, blackberries, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stones and wet earth too. Full-bodied and refined yet muscular and trim. Fabulously polished tannins. Try drinking in 2020.
JA 95

janeanson.com, March 2022

Plenty of exotic spices, saffran, clove, black pepper, turmeric, cassis, with sandalwood, gunsmoke and cedar smoke. Both character and bite, with plenty of impact. 50% of overall production, this is a successful Cos...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

This is one of the vintages from Cos that seems to pull out all the stops. The fruit is so rich, the texture so dense, and deep flavors of chocolate back up the huge structure. It does work in its magnificent, flamboyant...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, January 2018

The 2012 from Cos d'Estournel is a streamlined, elegant version of this cuvée that offers first rate notes of crème de cassis, graphite, smoked herbs and saddle leather, with hints of oak pushed into the background...
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2015

Deep in color, with Asian spice, licorice, espresso and wet earth scents open the wine. On the palate, the wine is polished, round and smooth, with cassis, licorice, cocoa, coffee bean and black cherries in the...
NM 93

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013

(NM91-93 points) Tasted as a barrel sample at the chateau. The Grand Vin is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that is being raised in 70% new oak. It delivers 13.79%...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2018

93+ The 2012 Cos d'Estournel is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It has a deep garnet-purple color and reveals expressive black cherries, black raspberries and red...
TWI 92

The Wine Independent, February 2023

The 2012 Cos d'Estournel is medium to deep garnet-purple colored. It features notes of mocha, cedar chest, and licorice over a core of warm cassis and blackberry preserves with a hint of wild sage. The medium-bodied...
VN 92

Vinous, September 2022

The 2012 Cos d'Estournel has a perfumed bouquet with blackberry, cedar, undergrowth and black pepper aromas all well-defined and focused, with more vigour than many of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, January 2016

Solid, with pure lilac and violet notes out front, backed by slightly taut plum, currant and bitter cherry flavors that unwind slowly through the finish. This has good drive, cut and intensity, and is one of the better...
DC 91

Decanter, July 2018

I have not loved all the 2012s that I have tasted recently, but this is seriously good, tasting extremely enticing and open right now. It errs on the side of opulence and pleasure, and although the oak is a touch too...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

The 2012 Cos d'Estournel is a magnificent Bordeaux blend that showcases the best of the St Estephe region in Bordeaux, France. With a deep garnet-purple color, this wine is visually stunning and immediately captures the attention. The nose is filled with expressive aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, and red and black plums, accompanied by subtle notes of cassis, menthol, pencil lead, and cigar box. There is also a touch of lavender that adds a hint of floral complexity.

On the palate, the 2012 Cos d'Estournel is medium-bodied and elegantly styled, with a rock-solid frame of chewy tannins. The texture is dense and the flavors are deep, with rich notes of chocolate that back up the huge structure of the wine. Despite its boldness, the wine remains well-balanced, with the acidity providing a final lift on the long finish.

The critics have been unanimous in their praise for this wine. Wine Enthusiast awarded it a score of 94, describing it as a vintage that pulls out all the stops. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave it a score of 93+, noting its expressive fruit and lively lift on the finish. Neal Martin's Wine Journal also gave it a score of 93, praising its well-judged balance and concentration.

James Suckling awarded the 2012 Cos d'Estournel an impressive score of 95, highlighting its excellent nose filled with currants, blackberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Wine Spectator also gave it a score of 92, noting its solid drive, cut, and intensity.

Overall, this wine is a testament to the exceptional quality of the 2012 vintage and the skill of the producer, Cos d'Estournel. It is a wine that can be enjoyed now, but will also benefit from further cellaring. For those who appreciate the finest Bordeaux blends, this wine is a must-try.