Château Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe 2008
Cos d'Estournel has always been a tricky wine for me, usually boasting high and dry tannins, slight restraint, shyness and austerity in its youth, making it a rather difficult wine to judge, as it usually commands a few years after bottling to start revealing more of its personality and potential.
Possessing a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), with 13% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, Cos 2008 was the first vintage vinified in the newly built facility, and due to the low yield of this particular vintage (roughly 25hl/h), 78% of the crop was included in the grand vin.
Ideal growing conditions, low yield and sunny weather conditions during September-October conferred to this wine, solid features and potential, structure and texture, to age and evolve confidently well with time.
Still a bit closed until a few years ago, the 2008 is now opening up, revealing fresh aromas of black fruits, leather, earth, licorice, flowers, and hints of smoke. The palate offers plenty of fruits, nice density, richness and still boasting a good grip of sweet tannins. The subtle acidity allows a good balance between the fruit and the tannins, which respectively bring substance, texture and depth. Overall fairly elegant, friendly, generous and enjoyable.
LeDomduVin (aka Dominique Noel)
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