1998 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
The 1998 vintage was not an outstanding one for most Cabernet-reds from Bordeaux, particularly from the Medoc. It rained in late September and affected the quality of the grapes. This said, most of the Right Bank, such as Pomerol and St-Emilion, made superlative wines since they harvest before the rains. In any case, the 1998 Cos was a delicious bottle showing a spicy and slightly herbal character on both the nose and palate with hints of currants and dried fruits. It was full and soft with velvety tannins.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red-ruby. Currant, black olive, minerals and currant leaf on the nose. Bright, pure and focused, with aromatic inner-mouth flavors of cedar and lead pencil. Austere but not dry. More fruity and less tannic than the '96, but of roughly similar weight. Finishes firmly tannic, with sneaky persistence. 90+ (ST)
Mid crimson with the merest hint of development at the rim. Gravelly, light mineral nose - discreet and rather old-fashioned (in a good way) on the nose with a hint of cigar box. Very dry finish with marked acidity - very classic St-Estèphe. Relatively light weight but nicely calmed down and well integrated. Clean and mineral on the finish. Some sweetness. Confident. Mellow. Long.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bottled in April, 2000, this elegant, stylish, graceful wine is an attractive, dark ruby/purple-colored effort with subtle notes of sweet oak, licorice, herbs, and black fruits. While not massive, it is medium-bodied and ripe, with sweet tannin. Forty-eight percent of the production was utilized in this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. (RP)