1985 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (scuffed label)

SKU #1124030 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1985 from cask could have been a lighter version of the 1982 and 1953 vintages. Forward, with a fabulously scented bouquet of pain grille and concentrated red and black fruits (especially black cherries), it is rich, lush, long, and medium to full-bodied. Very fragrant, with gobs of sweet black fruits, minerals, and spice in both its flavors and aromatics, this is one of the most forward wines from Cos. (RP)  (1/1998)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Dark, rich and deeply concentrated. California-like, with its opulent coffee, herb, cedar, currant, coffee, mineral and spice flavors. Reaching a nice drinking plateau, but has substance, depth and a long, full finish. (JL)  (9/1996)

K&L Notes

90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Cos d’Estournel dinner at St. John. Compared to the ’82, this is obviously lighter and less complex, aromas of smoky bacon crisps, chestnut, charcoal and autumn bonfire. A little dusty but it has good definition. Medium-bodied on the palate, very smooth, much fleshier than the ’86, very seductive although it does not aspire to be an intellectual wine. Yet it has that caressing texture, touches of wild strawberry, liquorice and saddle-leather towards the finish and a dash of white pepper on the aftertaste." (11/2009)

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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.