2009 Cos Labory, St Estephe

SKU #1257265 93 points Decanter

 Sumptuous cassis and blackberry nose, with some stylish new oak. Sleek and broad, with flesh and weight, a hedonistic style for St Estephe, with bold but fine-grained tannins, ample acidity, and considerable energy and lift on the finish. Excellent balance and length. (SB)  (3/2014)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tough tannins over juicy fruit. The wine has great ripeness as well as freshness. The intensity of the blackcurrant is considerable. (RV)  (8/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This is nicely rendered, with mulled plum and smoldering tobacco flavors that show a lacing of pastis, all wrapped with notes of baker's chocolate and singed iron. There's a smoky rusticity on the finish, but with enough flesh and length for balance. (JM)  (3/2012)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2016 | Send Email
This Fifth Growth estate seems to be resurrecting itself with this fantastic bottle that was a customer favorite at a tasting earlier this year. The substantial and chewy middle of blackberry fruit is lifted by scents of loamy earth, oak and savory tobacco. Despite all that weight and texture the finish here is fresh, clean and not at all heavy.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
Ralph and I tasted this gem in April in Bordeaux and bought a bunch. Ralph has always loved this value property which is next door to Cos Estournel. BTW the 2009 Cos sells for over $350 so you get 7 bottles of Labory for one of the Estournels. Sounds like a bargain to me. This property usually makes very tannic wines but in 2009 the wine sings.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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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.