The 2009 Cos d’Estournel is exactly as I predict on the nose, almost overwhelming with over-ripe black plum, raisin, fig and black olive, smudged and lacking the precision and tension of the 2009 Montrose. The palate is sweet and cloying on the entry, hedonistic and voluminous, yet unequivocally bereft of tension and sense of terroir on the finish. Frankly, it is ageing exactly as I predicted when I first tasted it from barrel. Not my style yet still enjoyable. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits’ Ten Year On tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040
Robert Parker 100
Blended of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2009 Cos d’Estournel takes a little coaxing to encourage the full array of exotic spices and decadent black fruits to emerge here: creme de cassis, baked plums, blueberry compote and Black Forest cake intermingled with star anise, fenugreek, cumin seed and Sichuan pepper plus wafts of menthol, violets and smoked meats. Wow-the full-bodied palate bursts with powerful, hedonic black fruit preserves and spices, completely coating the mouth with decadent fruits that are perfectly framed by very firm yet very ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing with a veritable firework display of floral, spice and red fruit notes. Just stunning.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2065
Tasted blind. Massive density of colour. Blackish ruby. Dense and ripe on the nose. Luscious but fresh. Great concentration. Great rich inky potential but needs keeping. Lots of ripe tannin. (An important vintage of this property; see this tasting note from 2010. But this was a great bottle.)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045