Read Decanter's tasting note for Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru, St Estephe, Bordeaux, France 1996, a light, delicate and elegant wine: one of the vintage.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Points 98
Drink:2015-2025+

Product:

Cos d’Estournel, St Estephe, Bordeaux, France, 1996

Producer:

Cos d’Estournel 1996, 2eme Cru, St Estephe, Bordeaux, France

This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. More deft and cedary than the bigger boned 1986 vintage (also tasted), this is light delicate and elegant. Again, ink and spice on the nose, with stunning cedar and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of undergrowth, graphite and cigar box. Beautifully fresh with sublime melting tannins.

The blend is a classic 60:40 Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot ratio with 65% aged in new oak. The finish is sweet and imperiously long. Drinking beautifully now.

Alc: 13%

Price: £125 Cadman Fine Wines, $150 Hart Davis Hart

Taster John Stimpfig

Tasted at: Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2015