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2018 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407937 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark An incredible wine from this estate that's as good as anything in the vintage, the 2018 Château Cos D'Estournel checks in as 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot that was brought up in 50% new French oak. While some 2018s are going to offer pleasure right out of the gate, this isn't one of them, but rather it's a backward, tannic powerhouse of a wine that has flawless balance as well as a level of purity that's off the charts. Thrilling crème de cassis fruit, notes of lead pencil, damp earth, cedarwood, violets, and acacia flowers, full-bodied richness, masses of ultra-fine tannins, and a great, great finish all make for a legendary Saint-Estèphe that will need a good decade of bottle age yet evolve for 50 years or more. If you are tempted to try a bottle in its youth, it needs lots of air. 98+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The richness and beauty of this wine is impressive with blackcurrant, cherry, berry and fresh cloves. The fruit is so pure here. Full-bodied with tannins that are so integrated and refined that you don’t feel them, yet they are there! Very creamy and layered with great length and beauty. It turns to tar and licorice at the finish. Tight now, but the texture is special. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Cos d'Estournel is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, aged in 50% new oak barriques. The alcohol weighs in at just over 14.5%. Sporting a deep purple-black color, it needs a lot of swirling to begin to unlock a powerful nose of crème de cassis, stewed plums, wild blueberries and chocolate-covered cherries, followed by nuances of Sichuan pepper, star anise, tree and clove oil, plus a waft of charcoal. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with taut, muscular black fruits and earthy layers, framed by super firm, ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and wonderfully earthy. A very impressive behemoth, this is going to need a good seven to 10 years to truly show its stuff and should drink for a good 40 years and beyond. (LPB) 98+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Cos d'Estournel is a racy, powerful Saint-Estèphe that is going to need quite a bit of time to find its center. Today, it is tightly wound, but all the energy is there. Lush and extravagantly ripe, the 2018 possesses tremendous depth and plenty of energy to back it all up. Here, too, I found the wine a bit more expressive and giving en primeur. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A little closed on the nose, and also on the attack. There is a wall of tannin here but backed up by voluptuously ripe fruits that major on damson and fig, overlaid with cinnamon and saffron spices. Lilting acidity through the finish keeps a sense of momentum. This is powerful with ambition, and it carries it off perfectly. 65% of production went into the grand vin. 1% Petit Verdot makes up the blend, and the wine was aged in 50% new oak (a little lower than the usual 60%). (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Rich and dense, this wine is happily poised between ripe fruits and a deceptively powerful structure. Smoky flavors from wood aging combine with solid black fruits that strain but never overstep an impressive balance. This wine will age, promising much for the future. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is a bird of a different feather, with a ripe, sleek, and very polished feel as creamed loganberry, plum and boysenberry flavors spill forth, flanked for support by singed alder and incense notes, while black tea and savory threads curl around the finish. Long, showy and lovely. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

K&L Notes

96 points, Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2018 Cos d’Estournel showed a lot of promise when I tasted it from barrel. Now in bottle and given a 2–3-hour decant, it has a gorgeous and disarmingly pure bouquet, slightly high-toned with iodine scents infusing the lush blackberry and boysenberry scents. The oak is seamlessly integrated. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, delivering silky-smooth tannins, perfect acidity and a sense of harmony than is very persuasive. I cannot recall a Cos d’Estournel in recent years with such fine tannins. It gently fans out toward the finish while retaining superb precision, completing what is a beautifully crafted Cos d’Estournel with a long future ahead." (3/2021)


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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2019 | Send Email
Very ripe and sweet with nearly briary fruit on the palate. Cola flavors. Lots of vanilla bean and espresso flavors, shows some oak at this early stage. Velvety tannins. Long lingering finish. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 14.5% Alcohol

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2019 | Send Email
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COuld this be better than their magnificent 2014 or 2016? It is just as good. Lots of power here-like an iron fist in an iron glove. Structured for a long cellar life. Minty aormas and flavors. A collector's wine.
Drink from 2026 to 2050

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
2018 Cos d'Estournel is a wine of sophistication and grace. It is extremely compact with a deep core of pure red fruit, while hinting at the enormous potential it has to age glacially over the coming decades. This is a wine that is all about potential and follows a string of vintages that mark a dramatic stylistic change from the wild, modern wines of a decade ago. Extremely polished, this is a Cos for the long run.

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