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2020 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539495 97-98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a very refined, polished Cos with superb finesse and length. Medium-to full-bodied, very fine and persistent. Really long with beautiful tannins. Rich, but fresh and linear. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep purple-black in color, it pops with explosive scents of ripe red and black currants, black cherry preserves and black raspberries, followed by sparks of violets, wild sage, pencil lead and clove oil, with emerging hints of iron ore and damp soil. The medium-bodied palate has amazing elegance and grace contrasted by jaw-dropping energy, featuring a firm frame of finely grained tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a whole firework display of mineral nuances. I love the way this Cos d'Estournel shimmies and shines—a unique vintage signature expressed so beautifully at this estate! (LPB) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Powerful, ripe fruits show exceptional quality and a velvety character that's allied to a ripe structure. With the freshness so typical of the vintage, the wine seems open and fruity but surprises with its density. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The Grand Vin 2020 Château Cos D'Estournel is based on 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot that was brought up in 55% new French oak. An inky-hued, concentrated, yet flawlessly balanced wine, it has gorgeous cassis and dark currant fruits, medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, building tannins, and just a wonderful sense of purity and elegance backed up by ample concentration. It stays tight, focused, and seamless, and is a brilliant example of the vintage. The 2020 hit 13.4% natural alcohol with a pH of 3.9 and an IPT of 80. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

95-97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Cos d’Estournel is a very different proposition to the Les Pagodes, more so than in other years. Much more intense on the nose of intense black fruit, it is beautifully defined, with enticing scents of blackberry, Dorset plum and topnotes of blueberry and briar. After 30 minutes in the glass, it develops more Saint-Estèphe-like traits: freshly tilled soil, cigar box and touches of warm gravel. There is an openness to these inviting aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins (so different from the "iron girders" of yore). There is freshness and a sense of light in this Cos d’Estournel, though the backbone remains in situ on the cedar and mint finish (a nod to neighboring Pauillac, perhaps), then a lingering marine/seaweed note on the aftertaste. This is a finely crafted, very succinct Cos d’Estournel that may well be hiding something up its sleeve for after bottling, and I suspect it will gain more spine during its barrel aging. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

K&L Notes

94-96 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2020 is a gorgeous wine from a very unusual year in which the Merlot is a bit more prominent in the blend than usual because of dehydration in the Cabernet. Even so, the 2020 is a wine of mid-weight finesse more than opulence. All the elements are impeccably balanced throughout." (6/2021)


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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2021 | Send Email
A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. Alcohol is at 13.46% aged in 55% New Barrels. The fruit seems to jump from the glass. Crunchy red currant and black cherry fruit are concentrated yet balanced. This wine shows a good deal of power and density but still is alive and fresh in the mouth. Savory flavors of sweet herbs, spice and coco powder linger on the finish.

By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2021 | Send Email
The 2020 vintage is fresh, lively, and low in alcohol, and the 2020 Cos is no exception. It is an elegant wine with sweet fruit, a supple body, lifted acidity, and firm tannins. Very fresh and vibrant. Honeyed berries, violets, crunchy fresh fruit. Medium bodied. Needs a bit of time for the tannins to integrate, but this will be a classic beauty for a long while.

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