2007 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
***Editors' Choice*** With its perfumed aromas, this is a wine that has richness and sweetness, with soft velvet power. It has an intense wood element that needs to blend into the rest of the wine, but the sweet black currant and freshness provide good balance. This is a seductive wine, with a fine solid character. (RV)
Showing very well, with creamy-edged plum and cassis flavors flecked with tobacco and warm paving stone notes, remaining quite fresh and supple through the finish. Not as dense at the top years, but shows lovely purity and balance.—Non-blind Cos-d'Estournel vertical. Drink now through 2027. (JM, Web-2016)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, bright red-ruby color. Aromas of plum, redcurrant and kirsch are complicated by sexy woodsmoke, soy sauce and flowers. Silky and rather lush, with a restrained sweetness and considerable finesse to its moderately ripe, sweet middle palate. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and lingering notes of minerals, herbs, dried flowers and smoke. A lovely 2007.
A silky and fine 2007 with mushroom, berry and light coffee character. Just a hint of dark fruits. Medium to full body. Round tannins. Drink now. I underestimated this.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beautiful wine with 13.4% natural alcohol, this blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of cassis, incense, charcoal, and subtle oak, round, generously endowed flavors, medium to full body, silky tannin, and surprising depth and length. It can be drunk now and over the next 12-15 years. (RP)
Lots of ripeness and minerals. A different order from the other St-Estèphes. Much more lusciousness, even if less typical of the appellation! Really rather smart and well managed. Terroir will out...? Very long and actually rather glamorous. (17/20 points)
At the property, this wine had a toasty, oaky nose and was blackish in color. 85% Cabernet, which is quite high. Very fine, smooth palate entry with red fruits abounding. Powerful wine... seems a bit extracted. Ripe tannic finish. Powerful, but restrained. Long finish. Exotic dark chocolate. Textbook claret. -- Ralph Sands