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1988 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe

SKU #950027 92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Beautiful aromas of fresh herbs, such as tarragon and mint, with berry and cherry undertones. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins that are polished and very pretty. Caressing finish. (JS, Web-2009) Inner quote mark

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1988 Cos d’Estournel was picked between 27 September and 14 October and comprises of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. At the time it was compared with the 1966 and 1986 vintages. I appreciate the bouquet: melted dark chocolate intermingling with dark berry fruit, clove and tobacco. The amount of Cabernet used was relatively higher compared to other vintages and it has allowed this Cos d’Estournel to mature gracefully. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of tarry blackberry and bilberry fruit, struck through with a crisp line of acidity that lends freshness. Whilst not as complex as other vintages, there is admirable balance and a prevailing sense of old school classicism. It offers hints of truffle and black pepper on the finish. This is probably at its peak now at 30-years of age but another decade is certainly not out of the question. This is the best bottle that I have tasted. Tasted at the château. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mid blueish crimson with a pale rim. Looks so much younger than the 1989 and 1990 tasted alongside! Nicely evolved. The nose recalls the 1998 tasted earlier. Manages to be both fresh and fleshy (whereas so many Bordeaux 1988s are a bit austere). Well done. Nervy but not skinny. Very 'correct.' Clean and fresh. A certain sweetness at first and then still a little chewy but that just serves to keep it refreshing. Quite long. (JR) 17.5/20 Inner quote mark (8/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1988 has an intriguing bouquet of exotic spices and black fruits. Savagely tannic in its youth, the wine has softened and developed more charm and appeal. Still deep ruby/purple in color, with little signs of age, this medium-bodied, slightly austere wine possesses good cassis fruit, excellent purity, and an elegant, classic style. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/1997)

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