In all of the world, the Bordeaux region of France is one of the most important and famous regions. Chateau Cos d'Estournel has been making wine since 1811. This bottle comes from the Left Bank of Bordeaux in the commune of Saint-Estephe. Given its proximity to the Atlantic ocean which provides a cool climate for the grape growing season, wineries located in Saint-Estephe are some of the last to harvest their grapes. This produces a more balanced wine. The wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and is aged in both new and old French oak barrels.
The use of oak and inclusion of Merlot shines in this wine providing a softer tannin structure that has also benefitted from bottle age. Despite the years, the fruit still shines through with both blackcurrant and black plum notes. The nose is a beautiful example of what a Bordeaux can become with bottle age. Notes of smoke, tobacco and licorice all make an appearance on the nose and palate. This is the wine for those looking to add a Second Growth Bordeaux to their cellar as it will continue to evolve over the next 5-8 years.
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot