2016 Cos Labory, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299145 90-93 points Vinous

 The 2016 Cos Labory is bold, racy and flamboyant. An immediate, voluptuous wine, the 2016 possesses striking density and silkiness in its red toned fruit. I imagine the 2016 will drink well right out of the gate. Even today, its balance is simply exceptional. Bright red cherry, blood orange, spice and wild flowers infuse the seductive finish. This is very nicely done. (AG)  (4/2017)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is dense and balanced, with a fine structure of dusty tannins and ripe fruit tones. Let this solid, fruity wine age over the medium term. (RV)  (4/2017)

92 points Decanter

 A chewy, well structured, full and deep Cos-Labory where the juiciness steals up on you slowly and surely. This is elegant but rich, and it totally delivers on the potential of the vintage in the appellation. A great year for this château. (JA)  (4/2017)

90-91 points James Suckling

 A medium to full-bodied red with polished, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and structured. A little lean but this should develop nicely.  (4/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Cos Labory has a pleasant, almost nonchalant bouquet with blackberry, briary and pressed flower aromas. It just needs a little more delineation. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, finer tannins than I found in the 2015 last year, with a harmonious, if not awfully complex finish. Yet, I can see this Saint-Estephe giving pleasure over the next decade or so. (NM)  (4/2017)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14