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The 2005 Cos d'Estournel is unquestionably another superb classic from proprietor Michel Reybier and his brilliant winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats. Made from an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) and the balance mostly Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, this superb effort requires plenty of time in the bottle.
It boasts an inky/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of licorice, Asian spices, creme de cassis, blackberries, and toasty oak. This full-bodied St.-Estephe is exceptionally powerful, pure, and dense with a layered mid-palate that builds like a skyscraper. While there are massive tannins, they are remarkably velvety and well-integrated in this big, backstrapping effort that should enjoy an unusually long life. Forget it for 8-10 years.
| Robert Parker
|Region||France | Bordeaux | Saint-Estephe|
|Bottle size||magnum (1,5 liter)|
|Bottle condition||Bottles in perfect condition: Labels and capsules excellent. Levels into the neck. Stored in fully conditioned cellar.|
|When to drink||2018-2045|