Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1988 Chateau Cos d’Estourel – Bottle Notes

Louis Gaspard d’Estournel founded Chateau Cos d’Estournel in 1811. Cos d’Estournel was one of the first wineries in Bordeaux to bottle, label and sell their own wine. The Chateau has exchanged hands many times over the years but today is owned and managed by Michel Reybier, who earned his fortune in the food industry and bought Cos in 2000.

This bottle was decanted for an hour and served with steaks. It is worth noting that I am the original owner of this bottle and it has been cellared perfectly since it was released.

Dark crimson in color with some bricking at the edge of the glass. 13% ABV. Classic nose of cedar, leather, cigar box and cassis. Medium body with ample tart fruit and substantial tannins. Earthy flavors of plum, cherries and mint on the palate. The finish is long, caressing and silky. The wine got better with time in the glass so consider a 1-2 hour decant. Super showing for this wine that is approaching 30 years of age. Right now there is enough fruit to keep the tannins in check but I would be inclined to drink in the next few years.

My rating: 93 points.

Cos d’Estournel has become somewhat expensive in recent vintages with the 2009 and 2010 topping $200 per bottle. Look for the 2014 which can be found for about $125.

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