2010 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066846 99 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Cos d'Estournel unfurls slowly, measuredly, releasing delicate notes of dried mulberries, stewed plums and blackcurrant pastilles before giving way to notions of potpourri, black cherry compote and chocolate box plus touches of dried sage, tobacco and new leather. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid foundation of very firm, grainy tannins and very lively acidity supporting the remarkable intensity of tightly wound fruit layers, finishing very long and fragrant. Give it another 4-5 years in bottle and this will be stunning! (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2010 Château Cos D'Estournel is based on 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot that was pulled from just 55% of the total production and aged in 80% new French oak. Hitting 14.5% natural alcohol, this still dense purple-hued beauty offers extraordinary notes of blackcurrants, unsmoked tobacco, graphite, freshly sharpened pencils, and chocolate. Full-bodied, massively concentrated, and flawlessly balanced on the palate, it has building tannins, a skyscraper-like mouthfeel that opens up with time in the glass, and a great, great finish. Made in a much more focused, precise, and structured style compared to the more flamboyant 2009, it needs another 7-8 years of bottle age and will be a 50, 60, if not 75+ year wine. Inner quote mark (5/2023)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark There’s clarity and beauty to this wine as always with pure dark berry, stones and spices. Some clove too. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long finish. Pure and precise wine with so much class. Try in 2020. Inner quote mark (11/2015)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Cos d’Estournel is initially backward on the nose, yet it eventually unfurls to reveal pixelated black fruit, crushed stone, cedar and pine cones, wonderful precision and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins that frame the multi-layered black fruit laced with cedar and black pepper. Great body, superb length and outstanding precision on the finish - what more would you want? (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A great contrast to the '09, this feels even denser, with dark plum, black currant and fig sauce flavors that pump along. The spine is all graphite and chalk, giving this a riveting feel through the finish. The cut is terrific, no easy feat considering how dense the fruit is. A stunning wine.—Non-blind Cos-d'Estournel vertical (December 2015). Best from 2025 through 2045. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2013 | Send Email
**+ Toasty oak aromas and violets on the palate. Very refined.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2011 | Send Email
A big, intense wine. Black licorice, black berries and red cherries mixed in with some mineral notes and Asian spice.

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2011 | Send Email
Spice and currant with big, lush fruit and spice on the palate. Polished with balanced tannins.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2011 | Send Email
Great concentration. Hints of orange peel on the strong finish.

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