Tasting notes by David Allen MW, April 2012
Cos d’Estournel, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Estèphe 2011
A deep, dark, inky ruby-red colour.
The rose is rich with aromas of chocolate, cedary oak and vivid cocoa overlying ripe dark black cherry fruit.
The palate displays attractive spicy oak. The wine’s big tannins are rounded, soft and quite supple for the vintage. The fruit is ripe with black cherry and meaty aspects enlivened by sweet spice notes. The wine lasts well in the mouth, the seemingly soft acidity leaving the fruit fresh. The finish displays lovely black fruit with just a touch of alcohol warmth.
Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 5%
Montrose, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Estèphe 2011
This deep, dark, opaque, purple-red wine holds its colour right to the rim.
The aromas are restrained, brooding and savoury in their nature.
At first the palate seems closed with plenty of very fine, drying oak tannins present. There is however a wonderful fresh acidity and balanced alcohol. As the wine develops in the mouth ripe rounded fruit shows itself to balance the monumental tannins. The finish is long rich and wonderfully supple. Currently this wine takes time to open, but is worth waiting for. Those prepared to cellar it for the mid to long term will see a fabulous return for their patience. 12.8% alc