The Château Cos d'Estournel is a vineyard of 67 hectares, located in Saint-Estephe in the Gironde. Cos d'Estournel is an AOC in the Medoc which is part of the Saint-Estephe appellation and classed a Second Growth in the official classification of Medoc wines in 1855. The vines are 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. The vineyards spread over thirty plots that average 35 years old. The Château Cos d'Estournel also produces a second wine called Les Pagodes de Cos, from vines aged less than twenty years.
The 1970 Cos d'Estournel's color remains an impressive dark garnet with rubypurple tints. The wine is medium to full-bodied, tannic, rustic, and concentrated, but coarse and charmless. It will keep for another 25 years, but I wonder if this wine will ever blossom?
Rich, fairly complex, nice weight, drinking well and 'as good as it will ever be.