2013 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158959 90-92 points Antonio Galloni

 Cloves, cinnamon, menthol, plums and spices meld together in the 2013 Cos d'Estournel. Suave and silky to the core, the 2013 impresses for its balance and class. This isn't a huge wine, but all the elements fall into place effortlessly. In 2013, Cos is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.  (4/ 2014)

90-91 points James Suckling

 A fresh, spicy young wine with a subtle fruit and tannin structure. Bright fruit and acidity. It’s like the 1985 but cleaner. I like the balance to this for the vintage. Only 12.7% alcohol.  (4/ 2014)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (78% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 2% cabernet franc): Bright red. Strong floral notes complement bright red cherry and sweet spices on the enticing nose. Bright and fresh in the mouth, with clean flavors of red fruits and herbs lingering nicely on the palate. The tannins are smooth and fine. A lighter-style Cos but very much in tune with the year and better balanced than most. This may be another 1971 in the making.  (5/ 2014)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
*** to ***½ The departure of Jean-Guillaume Prats, long time director of Cos d'Estournel, made me anxious to try the 2013; this would be the first wine made without his oversight in a long time. I was pleased to find out that the 2013 Cos is a fine wine, with dark cherries and chocolate aromas and flavors, as well as dried herb notes. There's lots of depth and layers here. The wine displays good purity and power. 78% cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot & 2% Cabernet Franc.

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
The 2013 Cos is a solid effort. On the nose, the wine reveals toasty and exotic aromas with hints of coco powder and graphite. The fruit is spicy, full and balanced on the palate with firm but ripe tannins which hold the wine together. I would expect this will to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. 91-93 points.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.7