2015 Cos d'Estournel Blanc, Bordeaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1251764 94-95 points James Suckling

 A dense and pretty white with sliced apple, pear and pineapple. Full body and very fresh. Tangy and bright. Lovely energy to this.  (4/2016)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon, picked between 14 and 29 September at a low 29 hl/ha. It has a charming bouquet with lime flower, apricot blossom and just a touch of blood orange. There is a sprightliness to this wine. The palate is crisp and fresh with a fine bead of acidity, plenty of tension here and perhaps more precision than previous vintages that I have tasted since its debut. I like the flow of energy here. This is an excellent Cos d'Estournel Blanc that should age with style and panache. (NM)  (4/2016)

90-92 points Vinous

 The 2015 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is brisk and nicely focused throughout. This is a beautiful, classy wine endowed with lovely energy and overall tension. In this vintage, the emphasis seems to have been on maintaining freshness, which comes through in the wine's vivacity. Green orchard fruit, sage and mint add the closing shades of nuance. (AG)  (4/2016)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Crisp and herbal, this bright wine that has touches of ginger, as well as more tropical fruits. It is a very fine wine, fresh while rich. (RV)  (4/2016)

90 points Decanter

 Very well-expressed 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon blend with zesty grapefruit acidity. (SS)  (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale greenish straw. Very exuberant nose. And pretty tight and grapefruity dry finish. Tight. Chalky finish. Tight and racy and ambitious. 17/20 points  (4/2016)

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By: Philip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2016 | Send Email
Yes, Cos makes an excellent Bordeaux Blanc (since 2005) which is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon barrel fermented in 15% new oak. Smokey and exotic, bright and tropical with gooseberry, citrus, pomelo, and crystalline minerality. We won’t get much but we secured what we could on the spot.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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France

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