This morning, Cos D’Estournel (Saint Estephe) released its price for its 2010 Bordeaux futures wines. The vintage received excellent scores across the board: Robert Parker (95-97), Jancis Robinson (18.5), Decanter (19), James Suckling (96-97), and Wine Spectator (96-99).
Here are Master of Wine, Roger Bohmrich’s tasting notes:[quote]The 2010 Cos represents an assemblage of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot along with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. From the barrel, it is opaque and quite closed initially, then reveals a very rich, broad, dense nose with subtle red and black fruits. In the mouth, the wine is very rich and expansive from entry to finish, which is strikingly long, sweet and spicy. There are elevated, well-judged tannins and a fine edge of acidity. Although it has a 14.5% alcohol content, a pH of 3.5 suggests in part why the 2010 Cos retains a sense of freshness despite its fat and opulence.[/quote]
If you find the first label too a bit too pricey, Cos also offers a 2nd wine, “Les Pagodes de Cos” for under $80. Roger had this to say about the second wine:[quote]The 2010 Pagodes, the second wine of Cos d’Estournel, represents a selection of 45% of the crop and is a combination of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. The wine is opaque to the eye, very rich and ripe aromatically as well as generous and broad, with sweet black plum and cassis notes along with new oak spices. The quality of the fruit is especially noteworthy, and the wine is simply gorgeous in mouth, beautifully- proportioned, with hidden ripe acidity and fine-grained tannins. An outstanding second wine.[/quote]
You can buy both 2010 Cos D’Estournel wines through Millesima USA.