Chateau Cos D'estournel 1996

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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Chateau Cos D'Estournel Bottles

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Robert Parker Cos D'Estournel 1996 Review

Score: 92+ Points

Closed but promising, this is a classic Cos revealing lots of tannin along with damp earth, black currant, sweet black cherry, graphite, licorice and truffle characteristics. This medium to full-bodied, structured, firm, broodingly backward, impenetrable effort demands 5-6 years of bottle age; it should drink well for 20-25 years. *** The 2008 Cos d’Estournel possesses an atypically high (85%) amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, with 13% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The first vintage vinified in the new facility, an unusually high percentage of the crop (78%) was included in the grand vin. The bad news is that yields were a minuscule 25 hectoliters per hectare. This wine achieved 13.8% natural alcohol, and the number of days between the flowering and harvest was 160, compared to the normal 100-110 (one of the keys to understanding the exceptionally high quality that characterizes the 2008 Bordeaux). There were no serious heat waves during the growing season, which meant that the maturation process was slow, long, and ideal. Combine that with the very low yields, and the superb weather from mid-September to late-October, and the often splendid results are much easier to comprehend. The inky/purple-hued 2008 Cos is still very young, and probably will improve even further as the wine came out of malolactic fermentation very late. It reveals exceptionally precise, fresh aromas of black fruits, crushed rocks, licorice, flowers, and subtle smoke. Dense and high in tannin, the extraordinary richness of polyphenols has given the wine power, substance, and depth, but the sweetness of the tannin and the seemingly low acidity, even though the wine tastes remarkably fresh and the pH is only 3.57 (compared to pH’s close to 4 when the fruit is this ripe), has given the wine a precision and elegance that is remarkable. And don’t forget, this is probably the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever used in a Cos d’Estournel blend. This wine should gain weight, richness, and a few Parker points by the time it is bottled. It is even denser and richer than the 1996, with an index of polyphenols at 80, which is not unusual for many of the top wines of the vintage, but is extremely high, and more along the lines of what one would find in the top wines of 2005. It should evolve for 30-35 years. * This property has undergone a complete make-over, building a state-of-the-art, spaceship-looking new winemaking facility, and giving brilliant winemaker Jean-Guillaume Prats carte blanche authority from proprietor Michel Reybier. The team continues to fine tune and reflect on every possible detail in both the vineyard and the winery in order to achieve even greater success. 

 

Chateau Cos D'estournel 1996 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 1996 £1,044 £1,524 £480 45.98%

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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