2008 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Previously $170)
This big, smoky wine has great richness and a big, concentrated structure. The feel is dark, solid, based on spice, new wood and ripe black plums touched with red berries, the tannins sheltering beneath.
This has not changed since I tasted it years ago. Still tight and fruity with cherries, blackberries and spices. Full body, firm tannins and a chew finish. Needs time still or decant three hours in advance.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Closed but promising, this is a classic Cos revealing lots of tannin along with damp earth, black currant, sweet black cherry, graphite, licorice and truffle characteristics. This medium to full-bodied, structured, firm, broodingly backward, impenetrable effort demands 5-6 years of bottle age; it should drink well for 20-25 years. 92+ points (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep ruby-red. Complex aromas and flavors of currant, raspberry, smoke, musky dried herbs, sexy oak tones and minerals. Rich, broad and lush; big, rich and sweet but with an edge of acidity giving lift and grip to the middle palate. At once sexy and serious wine, finishing with broad, horizontal tannins and excellent length.
Quite juicy, with a mouthwatering edge to the damson plum, mulled cherry and red currant fruit. Modest acidity, fine-grained tannins and flashy spice and iron notes drive the finish. There's excellent integration and harmony for the vintage. Drink now through 2019.
Cos d'Estournel is a 2nd Growth from St-Estèphe. Their 91 hectares are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, with the Cabernet on the hilltop and southern slopes where there is a thin gravel soil and the Merlot is planted on the eastern exposed limestone slopes. Grapes for the Grand Vin come only from vines at least 20 years old. The late 2008 vintage has low yields and a final blend of 85% Cabernet, 13% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.