2013 Saint-Estephe, 2e Cru Classe, Bordeaux.
The Château Cos d'Estournel vineyard, which is 35 years old on average, stretches over 91 hectares. The vines over 20 years old are used for the production of the Grand Vin. This 2013 Saint-Estephe is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
The combination of a skilful selection of the grapes with the great proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon created a well-balanced, precise and pure wine enhanced by a complex aromatic palette, both spicy and fruity. On the palate, the 2013 Chateau Cos d'Estournel offers silky and strong tannins with a particularly long and vibrant finish.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2013 Cos d'Estournel has a fine bouquet: no vegetal signs here, clean and precise with blackberry, briary and iodine scents. While it does not possess this estate's usual complexity you have to admire the delineation interwoven into this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well judged acidity, a gentle grip in the mouth and well integrated oak. There is still some edginess on the grainy finish that will be addressed by another 3-4 years in bottle, but this is certainly one of the better 2013s and it should give 15 years of pleasure.