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)

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)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Cos D'Estournel Blanc is a Sauvignon Blanc dominated white that offers an exotic, medium-bodied, vibrant style in addition to outstanding notes of citrus blossom, tangerine, and lime peel. I like it today, but it should keep for at least a decade.  (11/2017)

91 points Vinous

 The 2015 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is absolutely delicious. Green apple, mint, white flowers and lime are all finely cut in a striking, beautifully chiseled white loaded with class and personality. The blend is 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon, with the Sauvignon clearly driving the wine's flavor profile and overall textural feel. (AG)  (2/2018)

90 points Decanter

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

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Blanc from Cos d'Estournel is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon fermented in 15% new and 85% second fill oak barrels and matured for nine months. It offers up scents of lemongrass, lime leaves and dill seed with fresh hay notes. The light to medium-bodied palate is very refreshing with earthy/savory layers and good length, finishing perfumed. (LPB)  (2/2018)

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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Staff Image 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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