Cos d'Estournel 1996
Tasting Notes Cos d'Estournel 1996
Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young Cos d'Estournels I have ever tasted, this thick, structured, tannic wine has closed down significantly since bottling. It requires 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last for 30-35 years. It is a fabulous Cos, but patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030.
Tasted at the Cos d’Estournel dinner at St. John. This is rather disappointing compared to other vintages. The nose is relatively lightweight, earthy and leathery but lacking real character and vigour. Just a hint of coconut emerges with time from the new oak. The palate is linear, medium-bodied, balanced but it does not really take you anywhere. What you might describe as a “pointed” wine, rather than fanning out towards the finish. I expected more. Drink now-2016. Tasted March 2009.