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2019 Cos d'Estournel

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The 2019 Cos d'Estournel from Chateau Cos d'Estournel, St-Estephe, Bordeaux

Renowned as one of the crown jewels of St-Estephe, the esteemed Chateau Cos d'Estournel has once again enchanted the wine investment circles with its prodigious release, the 2019 Cos d'Estournel. This vintage is poised to grace portfolios with its distinctive attributes that speak volumes of the unique climatic conditions that shaped its creation.


Mastery of Craft: A Vintage Defined by Elegance

A vintage where power meets finesse, the 2019 iteration from Chateau Cos d'Estournel is adorned with the quintessential robustness of Left Bank Bordeaux, while simultaneously whispering tales of poise and grace. Amidst a year marked by meteorological whimsy, this claret deftly illustrates how impeccable vineyard stewardship can transcend challenges, anchoring its roots in an opulent terroir kissed by the gods.


A Palate Testament: The Unravelling of Complexity

The palate's immersion into the 2019 Cos d'Estournel is akin to an odyssey through layered complexity. A rich tapestry of luscious blackberries and cherries, entwined with sutler floral hints of violets, provides a compelling prelude. A foundation of finely-grained tannins evokes the vinous equivalent of sumptuous velvet, lending an incredible structure that promises years of uninterrupted evolution and enhanced investable allure with time.

A gentle curation of spice—an orchestra where cardamom dances with dashes of sweet tobacco—brings forth a symphony establishing this wine as a paragon within Bordeaux's pantheon. It is worth noting how this convincing profile is conscientiously intertwined with assured freshness, a testament to skilful winemaking ensuring balance amidst bountiful concentration.

The deft interplay between 2019's climatic generosity and vigilant viticulture at Chateau Cos d'Estournel bequeaths investors and collectors with a wine primed for longevity. A vintage sculpted by the vicissitudes of nature yet ultimately championed by human touch makes the 2019 Cos d'Estournel a beacon for fine wine investment in this new era—a confluence where art encounters economics on the most sublime of stages.

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Harvest for the grand vin began on the 23rd of September and finished on the 7th of October. Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot (with no Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc this year), yields for this wine in 2019 were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and it is aging in 55% new oak. It came in at an alcohol level of 14.02% and an IPT of 67. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cos d'Estournel soars out of the glass with vibrant black raspberries, Black Forest cake and crushed blackcurrants scents plus nuances of red roses, wild sage, dark chocolate and cast-iron pan with a waft of woodsmoke. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut, muscular and built like a skyscraper, with firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the concentrated black fruit flavors, finishing with incredible length and depth. This wine so beautifully, clearly captures the juxtaposition between the periods of dry heat and those hallelujah moments of refreshing rain—the hallmarks of this great vintage. It's a vinous masterpiece in the making.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 3 June 2020

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