Dense, old vine flavors of cassis and black fruit offset by refined mineral, liquorice and tobacco notes lead into this wine's layered, complex palate which is supported by a firm, focused backbone of sweet, ripe tannins and an elegant, balanced acidity on the extended finish.
Wine Advocate 94 points - Tasted at the chateau. A lush opulent nose with black cherries, cassis and iodine, all with great definition and well-integrated new oak. For me this is a flamboyant, confident Cos d’Estournel, without the sophistication or depth of the 2005, but with lots of charm. Notes of blackberry, violets and a touch of graphite with an unusually floral finish with a Burgundian lightness of touch. Touch of espresso on the aftertaste. Very fine, although if I had to choose between this and Calon-Segur, I would opt for the one with the heart. Tasted April 2007. (Apr 2007)
Wine Advocate 94 points - The exceptional 2006 Cos d’Estournel is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, 55% of the production was utilized. Revealing superb intensity for a 2006 as well as an inky/blue/purple color, and a sweet bouquet of blue and black fruits, licorice, graphite, and charcoal, this full-bodied 2006 possesses high levels of sweet tannin. This wine is characterized by a freshness and precision that give it a 1996-like affinity. Enjoy this beautifully concentrated, exceptionally pure, statuesque Cos d’Estournel over the next 20-25 years. By the way, it was bottled without any fining or filtration. (Feb 2009)