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CHATEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 1996
Country: France, Bordeaux, Saint Estephe
Grape Vaieties: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
AWARDS
93/100 – ROBERT PARKER

Tasting Notes: 
The 96 vintage has an intense colour and offers superb candied and fruity aromas. The Cabernet Sauvignon is in its most beautiful expression, revealing wonderfully silky tannins, with toasted notes but also of cassis and undergrowth. In its youth, one of the most structured and concentrated Cos d’Estournel wine. This vintage has tested our patience to be fully opened today. Its delicious and radiant finale confirms its status as exceptional wine.

Food Pairing: Beef and Venison
Product Id: 0462

BOTTLE

€275,00
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The Grape
Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and Australia.