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2020 Cos d'Estournel

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2020 Cos d'Estournel from Chateau Cos d'Estournel, St-Estephe, Bordeaux

The venerated 2020 Cos d'Estournel from Chateau Cos d'Estournel unfurls elegantly as a distinguished testament to an extraordinary Bordeaux vintage. Characterised by an astute balance of power and finesse, the wine delineates itself with an arresting provenance bestowed by the bounteous terroir of St-Estephe.


A Study in Resilience and Refinement

The year 2020 surged in with climatic challenges that demanded adroit vineyard management and exacting decisions in the cellar. The resulting wine, however, is nothing short of triumph—a vintage that is shaped to both captivate the aficionado’s palate and command respect among astute investors in fine wine. It is a prime example of what meticulous craftsmanship can achieve under the hands of the skilled team at Chateau Cos d'Estournel.


Rare Harmony of Elements

Aligning climate, terroir, and human endeavour, the 2020 vintage excels. Its layered complexity unfurls with notes of dark cherries and ripe plums, intertwined with subtle hints of graphite and exotic spices—the hallmark of St-Estephe's esteemed gravel soils. On the palate, the tannic structure is admirably sculpted, bespeaking longevity yet leaving space for a remarkable degree of early approachability.

The particular exposition of Chateau Cos d'Estournel’s vineyards coalesces harmoniously with the relatively dry and sunny harvest conditions of 2020. This consummate alliance is gracefully expressed through the wine’s richness tempered by an invigorating mineral streak—a signature vibrancy that pencils it as a must-have for collectors and investors alike.


Conclusion: An Inspired Investment

The 2020 Cos d'Estournel from Chateau Cos d'Estournel stands as a sterling illustration of how nature's trials can yield a vintage embossed with extraordinary character and depth. With its symbiotic balance of ardor and elegance—much akin to Bordeaux's most venerable offerings—it emerges as a compelling acquisition for those looking to enrich their portfolio with a wine poised for accolades and appreciation.

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The 2020 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. The harvest took place September 10–24 with a yield of 39 hectoliters per hectare. The alcohol weighs in at 13.46% with a pH of 3.9 and an IPT (total phenolic index) of 80. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 55% new. 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!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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