TN: 1990 Château Cos d'Estournel (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, S

  • 1990 Château Cos d’Estournel - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe (5/7/2010)
    Delicious wine. Not profound but extremely enjoyable. Perfect cork. Chicken coop and tobacco assault you on the nose. The palate follows with a sweet core of ripe black, cherry, tobacco and a tinge of mint. Excellent mineral notes as well. (92 pts.)

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Chicken coop? Yikes! Our neighbors behind us (from 4th - 7th grade) had an egg farm. Thankfully there were 5 acres between us P-U! :slight_smile:

I gotta admit, '90 Cos sounds really good right now.

Darn - I have a few of those and i was hoping they would be performing a bit better!

No despair. It was darned good, just not life altering.

I like life altering! But I’ll take darn good just as well.

How do you compare to '96?

I have only had the 96 once, and THAT was closer to life altering.

Looking back on my notes the one other time I had the 1990 back in 2007 I have it 94 points. The 1996 seems to be a step up. I LOOOOOVED the 1989 BTW, also a notch about the 1990.

The '96 is a stellar wine when it shows up , (which it has 3 of the 4 times that I’ve had it.)

I tend to think of the highlights of this vintage as being more right bank-oriented, but this is one of those consistent wines from the left bank that never seems to disappoint.

I know that the 09 is controversial, but I’d have to say that Cos has really been firing on all cylinders lately. The 03 is other-worldly.

I sure hope so. I put it away a couple of years ago, but I’m still sitting on 6 cases - hoping it never turns to plonk! My plan is to open another bottle around 2013, then assuming it’s drinking like I expect, next stop will be 2020.


The 89 Cos d’Estournel has been my favorite from this very reliable producer…still have a few bottles left from a case I bought on release… Had a bottle of the 90 Cos Labory with dinner tonight, …a nice wine but kind of one dimensional and probably didn’t warrant cellaring…cost a lot less , if I recall, and definitely not in the same league as the 90 Cos d"Estournel.

Had this in eighteen months ago and gave it a similar rating, thinking it just needed more time. Looking forward to the 1996, especially with Eric’s review.