Chateau Cos d'Estournel St. Estephe 2005
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe|
|Brand||Chateau Cos d'Estournel|
Saint-Estèphe has a reputation for tannins, and this 2005 Cos lives up to that. But it does much more, because the tannins add richness along with intensely ripe black fruits, dark plums and figs. The dense tannins are finely balanced with fresh acidity, and a long-lasting aftertaste. Impressive.
Still tight despite a gorgeous wave of rich melted licorice, fig bread, warm plum compote and steeped blackberry flavors. Lovely alder, black tea and balsam wood details give this added range and a sense of detail through the finish before a wall of graphite-edged grip shows up. We're still in wait mode here.-Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2017). Best from 2020 through 2040.