The 2012 Cos d’Estournel is a classic expression of St.-Estèphe, with notes of graphite, crushed rock, blackberry, blackcurrant fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, structured, but well-integrated tannins and a long finish of 35 seconds or more. This is a beauty and an undeniable top success in the Médoc for 2012. Give it 4-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades or more. The final blend, which achieved 13.8% alcohol, is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink 2019-2041
|Score: 93+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
It has a saturated purple color, a classic style, abundant tannin, slight austerity, superb concentration, huge fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a structured, muscular, well-delineated finish. This impressive, full-bodied Cos will need time to round into shape. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.
Proprietor Michel Reybier has produced an outstanding 2012 Cos d'Estournel from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. With a pH of 3.75 and alcohol level of 13.8% this is a ripe wine with the same tannin levels (IPH) as the 2009. The second wine, the 2012 Les Pagodes de Cos, represents 50% of the production.
|Score: 92/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013|
Tasted as a barrel sample at the château. The Grand Vin is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that is being raised in 70% new oak. It delivers 13.79% alcohol and represents half of the total crop. It is initially quite taciturn on the nose with blackberry and briary notes, the Cabernet component coming through strongly with hints of iodine. Returning after 10 minutes, the mineral aromas are more pronounced. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins. It is certainly well balanced, quite assertive at this stage with bold, dry tannins on the finish that is more concentrated than you would expect given the growing season. There is a pleasant salty note on the aftertaste that lingers long in the mouth. This is a steadfast, well-judged Cos d'Estournel, though it falls somewhat short of the mighty 2010. Tasted April 2013.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
Wow. What a nose with currants, blackberries, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stones and wet earth. Full-bodied, refined yet muscular and trim. Fabulously polished tannins. Try drinking in 2020.
| ||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015|
This is very tannic -- perhaps slightly too much -- but shows very pretty, intense fruit with blueberry and mineral character. Full and dense. Mineral and dried spices such as cloves under it all. Very muscular.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013|
The 2012 Cos d'Estournel is beautifully delineated and layered in the glass. A wine of nuance and precision, the 2012 possesses a remarkable combination of richness and detail. A blast of dark red cherry jam, rose petals, mint and cinnamon informs the deep, pliant finish. I imagine the 2012 will offer several decades of very fine drinking. This is a terrific 2012 with a good deal of upside potential. Drink 2022-2024.
|Score: 94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016|
Very dark and purple. Very interesting, almost putty nose. Intriguing and not so flamboyant and flashy as in some years. Really rather like Lafite 2012 on the nose! Perhaps a little tiny bit bitter on the finish but no excess of sweetness nor alcohol. Very measured. Solid impact. Very dry finish. I absolutely love the nose but find it a bit austere on the finish - but at least it is classic St-Estèphe. Slightly hard work at this stage; the most youthful wine I have tasted so far. '100% gravity-fed cellar helped us to be restrained in extraction', explained the new director Aymeric de Gironde.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013|
Cos was good in the 1990's but since the 2001 vintage, the quality here has reached another level. The aim here is to make wine of First Growth quality at less than half the price. The stunning new winery is the most modern and sophisticated in all of Bordeaux, with the world's only 100% gravity cellar - no pumps used at all. Cos is now battling it out with Léoville Lascases, Ducru Beaucaillou and Palmer as the Médoc's best non-First Growth. Following the departure of Jean-Guillaume Prats the new man at the helm is Aymeric de Gironde who has joined from Pichon Baron. 75% Canernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, this is dark, dense and intense. The oppulent nose reveals chocolate, spice, cassis and blueberry fruit. it is powerful and rich on the palate with brooding intensity. An impressive texture with notes of spice tobacco and cedar. Certainly in the style of a first growth, this is clearly one of the wines of the vintage on the left bank.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, March 2013|
The nose has fragrance yet depth of fruit and the mix of blackcurrant, black cherry and bramble gives lots of complexity on the palate. The fruit feels ripe and although the tannins are firm structured they do not overpower the fruit. The fresher feel towards the back gives a lighter and more elegant finish. 2020-40.
|Score: 91/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2013|
Cos has taken a particular stylistic route since 2009 and this follows the same path, even in a
cooler vintage like 2012. It's a super concentrated, saturated style of wine with notes of plums
and blueberries, lashings of new oak and considerable power. What Château Pavie is to the Right
Bank, Cos is becoming to the Left. Not to everyone's taste, but certainly a well made red.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013|