Château Cos d'Estournel 2018 Saint Estèphe 2e Grand Cru Classé

  • Smaakprofiel
    Krachtig & Complex
  • Druivenras
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
  • Herkomst
    Frankrijk, Bordeaux
229,00 €
Op voorraad
ClassificatieAOC Saint Estèphe
SmaakprofielKrachtig & Complex
DruivenrasCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Alcoholgehalte14 %
Op dronk vanaf2026
Op dronk tot2056
Parker: 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!“The wet weather in June didn’t affect the flowering because it was still quite warm,” winemaker Dominique Arangoits explained. While flowering was not an issue, yields were down slightly at Cos d’Estournel, coming in at 30 hectoliters per hectare. This was due in part to losses from early season mildew and very small Cabernet Sauvignon berries. There was also a little dehydration. “In the end, what was interesting was the balance of the vines,” Arangoits continued. “There was great energy and fruit. Cabernet was surprisingly round. Merlot looks like Cabernet this year, and Cabernet looks like Merlot,” he laughed. “There was incredible tension in the Merlot.” Winemaking was also not without challenges. “It was a hot harvest: 25-28 degrees Celsius outside,” said Arangoits. “We were able to cool the grapes very quickly. We decided to lower the temperature of fermentation to 28 degrees Celsius rather than 30 degrees to preserve the fruit. We felt this was key—preserving the fruit. The gravity cellar really helped with the gentle extraction this year. For whites, we were not so optimistic. But we were pleasantly surprised by the characters. The pHs were low, which is a good sign." The final blends were done in December, after the malolactic fermentations finished.

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