Cos d'Estournel 1986
Tasting Notes Cos d'Estournel 1986
The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. It possesses more power, weight, and tannin than the more opulent and currently more charming 1985. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2010.
Tasted at the Cos d'Estournel dinner at St. John. This bottle is similar to the one last year: dense, masculine, wet sand, austere on the nose, as if the wine is slamming a door in your face, but after a time there is a lovely touch of cardamom that develops. The palate suggests that it is worth cellaring, superb concentration, a rather robust, foursquare structure and a stoic facade, leading to a tannic, quite leathery finish. Great focus and length