The 2001 Cos d’Estournel has a fresher nose than the 2000, showing more focus and vigor and delivering black cherries mixed with fig, blood orange and light cigar box aromas. Side by side, this is certainly more youthful. The palate is well balanced with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, and fine grip and freshness. This is still quite tight at 20 years old and would certainly benefit from decanting. Blood orange and a light sprinkling of white pepper appear toward the finish. In this face-off, I have a preference for the 2001 over the 2000.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2050
Robert Parker 94
The 2001 Cos d’Estournel is blended of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot-a very high percentage of Merlot in this vintage and a very late harvest, which started on October 1st. Deep garnet in color, the nose is singing with savory notes of smoked meats, tapenade, bay leaves and beef drippings with a core of plum preserves, redcurrant jelly, dried cherries and baked blackcurrants with wafts of peppermint tea and dried roses. Medium-bodied, the palate practically tingles with vibrant dried herbs, red fruit preserves and minty notes, structured with firm, finely grained tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and minerally.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033
Very dark. Very dry. Chewy and with not that much obvious fruit. Lots of acidity. Very angular and dry – typical of St-Estèphe perhaps? Time may be needed for it to show its potential.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025