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Cos d'Estournel 2011
Collectable & Rare - 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Cos d'Estournel  2011
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Harvest Date
September 5th - 16th
Sugar
2.1 g/l
Acid
3.6 g/l
Aging
15-20 years
Tannin
92 IPT
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Spectator
90
Wine Enthusiast
94
Robert Parker
91
Stephen Tanzer's
90
Collectable & Rare - 94 Points Wine Enthusiast
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The 2011 Cos d'Estournel exhibits a dense ruby/purple color and sweet, toasty, oaky notes intermixed with floral and forest floor characteristics. The complex aromatics suggest this is a top success in 2011. In the mouth, the wine is slightly more compact than one would find in a great vintage, such as 2009 and 2010, but it has impressive richness for the vintage as well as light to moderate tannin and admirable purity. It will benefit from 2-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15-20 years. Only 30% of the production was utilized for Cos D'Estournel, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Harvest Date
September 5th - 16th
Sugar
2.1 g/l
Acid
3.6 g/l
Aging
15-20 years
Tannin
92 IPT
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Spectator
90
Wine Enthusiast
94
Robert Parker
91
Stephen Tanzer's
90
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2011 Cos d'Estournel exhibits a dense ruby/purple color and sweet, toasty, oaky notes intermixed with floral and forest floor characteristics. The complex aromatics suggest this is a top success in 2011. In the mouth, the wine is slightly more compact than one would find in a great vintage, such as 2009 and 2010, but it has impressive richness for the vintage as well as light to moderate tannin and admirable purity. It will benefit from 2-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15-20 years. Only 30% of the production was utilized for Cos D'Estournel, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.
Vineyard Notes
Despite the whims of nature, all the ingredients for the production of a good vintage were present in 2011. After a dry cool winter without any particularly cold spells, summer arrived in April. From April 1st, temperatures increased markedly, and were substantially above seasonal norms during April and May. From June, temperatures were closer to seasonal norms. With such weather conditions, 2011 has become the earliest vintage since 1893! The Merlot were picked from September 5th to September 12th, and the Cabernet Sauvignon were picked from September 6th to September 16th.
Food Pairing Notes
Most beef dishes, to lamb, game, and ham.
Other Notes
Chateau Cos d’Estournel has a long and distinguished history as a Bordeaux wine property in the St. Estephe appellation that is as interesting as the estate’s unique architecture. Thanks to M. Gaspard d’Estournel, which is who the estate was named after, founded Chateau Cos d’Estournel in 1811. It did not take more than a few years before Chateau Cos d’Estournel became famous with wine lovers and royalty all over the world. In fact, Chateau Cos d’Estournel was exported to numerous countries across the globe, including India. It was the connection to India that inspired much of the design we see at Cos d’Estournel today. Skipping ahead to 1830, to commemorate Cos d’Estournel being sold in India, the owner, M. Gaspard constructed the famous Pagodas and design of Cos d’Estournel which we still see today. During the time the Gaspard family owned the estate, in the late 1800’s, Chateau Cos d’Estournel began bottling a small portion of their wine at the estate, making them one of the first Bordeaux chateau to bottle their own wine. Read more at:http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/bordeaux-wine-producer-profiles/bordeaux/st-estephe/cos-destournel/
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