January 14, 2009

Cos d'Estournel tasting

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Tonight I was invited by my friend Paulo of Altaya Wines for a tasting of the wines of Château Cos d'Estournel. Apparently I have become a VIP customer over the last year, so I'll be invited to a few of these freebie events from now on... The tasting was held upstairs at Classified, and many familiar faces were in attendance.

We tasted 11 wines in all - 9 vintages of the Grand Vin (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1988 and 1982) as well as the 2006 and 1996 Les Pagodes de Cos. Finger food and cheese were provided to make sure that we don't get sloshed on empty stomachs...

Unsurprisingly, I thought that the 2003 and 2005 were both excellent wines, although the 2005 really needed time to open up. Both are very concentrated and sweet - more "New World" style. 1997 Bordeaux wines have been drinking very well over the last 2-3 years, and this one is no exception. 1995 and 1996 are a pair of classic wines. I didn't get to taste any of the 1982, because I was just too busy chatting with friends and didn't get to it before people sucked it up... And I thought that the 1996 Pagodes was a pretty good wine.

Hmmm...a freebie wine tasting in this market? Count me in for the next one, too!

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