Château Cos d’Estournel, 2009

RRP £248.58

This has softened and settled since I tasted it last just under a year ago. It’s still hot and brawny but it’s not port-like on the nose today. At the time, then director of the château, Jean-Guillaume Prats, referred to the wine as “baroque”; it is certainly an aberration, and a far cry from the more finessed style of the last few vintages. In the mouth it comes into its own, with enveloping, luscious, ultra-ripe (but not overripe) fruit. If it is a monster, then it is one of Maurice Sendak’s creations from Where the Wild Things Are – in other words, it’s friendly really. The style is not for everyone, but wait longer still and you may find it tamed.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Dry

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Alcohol

14%

Bottle size

75cl

Drink dates

2025 - 2040

Origin

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux

Sub-region

Médoc & Haut Médoc

Area

Saint-Estephe AOP

Tasting Information

Name of Tasting

Bordeaux 2009

Type of Tasting

Tasting feature

Blind

No

Tasted by

Ella Lister

UK Stockist

Justerini & Brooks

Global Stockist

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