Chateau Cos D'estournel 1994

Review of the Estate

The name Cos refers to a "hill of pebbles" in Gascon dialect and the name Cos d'Estournel was given in 1810 by Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel.

The estate has changed hands several times during its history, starting in 1852 when it was purchased by the English banker Charles Cecil Martyns. In 1869, it was sold to the Spanish Errazu family only to be sold again 20 years later in 1889 to the Bordeaux-based Hostein family. Through his marriage to Marie-Thérèse Hostein, Louis-Victor Charmolue, who also owned Château Montrose, gained control of Cos d'Estournel in 1894. In Finally in 1917, it was sold to Fernand Ginestet.

In June 2008 it was announced that Michel Reybier, current owner of Chateau Cos d'Estournel, purchased Napa winery Chateau Montelena for an undisclosed sum. By November 2008, however, this agreement was cancelled, the termination of the transaction by Chateau Montelena stated to be due to that Reybier Investments had been "unable to meet its obligations".

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 158 acres

Grape Varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc 

Average age of vines: 35 years

Density of plantation: 8,000 - 10,000 vines per hectare

Average yields: 50 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 20,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 10-30 years


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Robert Parker Cos D'Estournel 1994 Review

Score: 91 Points

A word of admiration and praise is in order for Bruno Prats. One of St.-Estephe’s most forward thinking producers, Prats is never content with merely making outstanding wine. Over the last few years he has improved Cos d’Estournel, already one of the great wines of Bordeaux, by eliminating any filtration at bottling, and replacing the standard paper label with one made of plastic so it will not disintegrate in damp, humid cellars. Additionally, the quality of his wines in such difficult vintages as 1992 and 1993 has been remarkable. Readers should also note that a second wine, the beautifully packaged Les Pagodes de Cos, has been implemented with the 1994 vintage. It appears to be a fine second wine. While tasting through Cos d’Estournel’s wines, it was interesting to taste the unfiltered 1994 against the same cuvee of wine that was put through the normal filtration. The filtered cuvee was an excellent wine (I rated it 88), but as Bruno Prats and several other people at the tasting could easily see, it had less opacity, color, and aromatic interest, and far less volume and mid-palate. Most Bordeaux chateaux continue to do too much fining and filtering, but some of the more seriously run estates are curtailing the most abusive clarification procedures, and are finally opening their minds to the negative impact too much fining and filtration can cause. Sadly, most of my colleagues have fallen hook, line, and sinker for the standard response from oenologists and producers on this issue … “fining and filtration have no effect on a wine.” ** Cos d’Estournel’s unfiltered 1994 is one of the top wines of the vintage. It boasts an opaque blue/black/purple color, as well as a fabulously sweet nose of black fruits, licorice, pain grillee, and Asian spices. Full-bodied, with sweet, opulent fruit that reveals none of the vintage’s tough tannin, this remarkably rich, well-balanced, classic wine will prove to be uncommonly long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025. Cos d’Estournel is clearly producing wines that are often of first-growth potential. 

 

Chateau Cos D'estournel 1994 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com 

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Cos D’estournel 1994 £612 £876 £264 34.14%

Chateau Cos D'Estournel Wine List

Cos D'Estournel 1990 Cos D'Estournel 1991 Cos D'Estournel 1992
Cos D'Estournel 1993 Cos D'Estournel 1994 Cos D'Estournel 1995
Cos D'Estournel 1996 Cos D'Estournel 1997 Cos D'Estournel 1998
Cos D'Estournel 1999 Cos D'Estournel 2000 Cos D'Estournel 2001
Cos D'Estournel 2002 Cos D'Estournel 2003 Cos D'Estournel 2004
Cos D'Estournel 2005 Cos D'Estournel 2006 Cos D'Estournel 2007
Cos D'Estournel 2008 Cos D'Estournel 2009 Cos D'Estournel 2010
Cos D'Estournel 2011    

 

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