The second-growth Bordeaux estate Cos d’estournel has a long history of making excellent wines, but it’s only since Michel Reybier took over in 2000 that it has been producing world-class reds. James Suckling names the top five Cos d’estournel vintages un
Excellent for the vintage. What a nose, with currants, blackberries, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stone and wet earth. Fullbodied, refined yet muscular and trim. Fabulously polished tannins. Try drinking in 2020. A clarity and beauty to this wine, as always, with pure dark berry, stone and spices. Some clove. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long finish. A pure and precise wine with so much class. Try in 2020. This is amazing, with layers of fruit and firm, velvety tannins. Full-bodied with an incredible depth of fruit and length. Currants, raspberries and Indian spices. It goes on for minutes. A monumental Cos— greatest ever. Better in five years. The purity of fruit in this is fascinating, with plums, currants and other dark fruit as well as layers of spice and chocolate. Full-bodied, with chewy polished tannins and a long finish. Just starting to open. A dense and powerful wine with very ripe fruit yet an underlying freshness and complexity, with tobacco, dried fruit and fresh spices such as lemongrass and Thai basil. Layered. Drink now or hold.