Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2018 - Bordeaux Futures
An extraordinary star of the Saint-Estephe appellation, the magnificent Chateau Cos D’Estournel really shone brightly in the beautiful 2018 vintage.
The Cos D'Estournel 2018 was, in fact, the only Cru Classe of Medoc to be twice awarded 100 points (by both Vinous and Wine Advocate). The Cos D'Estournel 2018 thus stands as a reward for the efforts of the property's technical teams, who finally triumphed, through constant attention and intense soil work, over the challenges posed by this difficult vintage.
The Cos d'Estournel 2018 results from a rigorous selection of vines, aged 55 years on average, located on the greatest terroirs of the Saint-Estephe appellation. For the past 10 years, the use of a gravity in the Chateau Cos D'Estournel winery has allowed for extreme precision at the reception of the harvested fruit.
A beautiful vintage, the Cos D'Estournel 2018 promises a rare experience indeed. This spectacular vintage is endowed with the unique and inimitable signature style of Chateau Cos D'Estournel. With great precision, straight-forward and vibrating with a fantastic energy, the Cos D'Estournel 2018 offers an intense aromatic expression and a great richness on a palate structured by deliciously silky and perfectly molten tannins. Balanced and powerful, the Cos D'Estournel 2018 brings together all the elements of a vintage that will be remembered as one of the best of Saint-Estephe in particular and Bordeaux in general. Radiating among the greatest wines of the appellation, the Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2018 is destined for age, with a tremendous potential for guard.
The 2018 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc and has 14.59% alcohol. Aging in 50% new barriques, it has a deep purple-black color and drifts effortlessly, gracefully, seductively out of the glass with slowly unfurling notions of blackcurrant cordial, wild blueberries, chocolate-covered cherries and plum pudding with touches of violets, licorice, wild roses and yeast extract plus a waft of loose tobacco. The full-bodied palate is built like a brick house with a solid frame of super firm, super ripe tannins and seamless freshness to back up the vibrant, crunchy, oh-so-muscular fruit, finishing long with loads of mineral layers. Amazing structure will keep this beauty for at least half a century and probably a full one! - Wine Advocate/Parker