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Cos D'Estournel 2006, Saint-Estèphe Magnum


"The exceptional 2006 Cos D’Estournel is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, 55% of the production was utilised. Revealing superb intensity for a 2006 as well as an inky/blue/purple colour, and a sweet bouquet of blue and black fruits, liquorice, graphite, and charcoal, this full-bodied 2006 possesses high levels of sweet tannin. This wine is characterised 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. 94 Points"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Saint-Estèphe
Vintage: 2006
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 150cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Well built
Drink With: Salt-crusted roast rib of beef

Despite a disappointing August and September, 2006 was a successful vintage that produced extremely concentrated wines due to the exceptional heat in the first half of June, July and early September, coupled with warm temperatures from April to July.

Jean-Guillaume Prats has said that yields were a modest 38 hectolitres per hectare in this vintage, and only 55% of the production made it into the 2006 grand vin. The harvest took place between September 21 and October 6, and the final blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (78%), followed by 20% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.

From Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages:
Precision viticulture techniques such as the use of GPS and an electromagnetic sensor have enabled Cos to obtain much more accurate information on water availability and soil type across the estate. As a result, the vineyard is now divided into 97 different plots, each one treated individually. In the new chai currently under construction there will be 97 different tanks to keep these plots separate during vinification. This means that the potential quality of each parcel of fruit can be realised. 55% of the total crop went into the grand vin.

Very deep, very Cabernet (78%) right out to the rim. Intense – very lively real energy in this wine. Much more solid and more obviously fruity than the more ethereal Lafite next door – but a very fine wine with great balance and zest and a bit of ink on the finish. Glossy, meaty, even slightly salty. Very long-term wine but non-aggressive tannins. 18/20