Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005
Like a novelist who maintains the same style in different novels, a Grand Cru wine can express a certain style in different years. Intense, deep crimson color. The nose presents extraordinary aromas of spices and chocolate, and beautifully expressed fruit. Rich and dense. Drink between 2012 and 2040.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Estate bottled by Domaines Reybier. In the old Gascon language, the word 'cos' means 'the hill of pebbles.' Appropriately named, Chateau Cos d'Estournel is situated on the banks of the Gironde River between Pauillac and St. Estephe, where the property is clearly defined by the Cos hills, reaching to a height of almost 65 feet. It is owned today by Michel Reybier, and continues to be managed by a member of the Prats family under the direction of Jean-Guillaume Prats. This renowned property has produced distinguished wines since the early 1800s to the present day. The chateau's 173-acre vineyard is divided into almost 30 separate parcels comprised of a limestone bed with top layers of gravel. Bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and the east by the Gironde River, the vineyard benefits from a microclimate that acts as a regulator, preventing extremes in temperature. Cos d'Estournel has become, in the eyes of lovers of fine wines, the archetype of a certain style of masculine elegance in which immense power is combined with grace and smoothness. Impressive when young for the intensity of its structure and explosive fruit, Cos d'Estournel evolves slowly to arrive, when completely mature after.