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Date Printed: 11/27/2014
Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2003
Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2003
(search item no. 88503)
collectible wine
older vintages

James Suckling rating: 98 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $299.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2000 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The prodigious, fantastic 2003 Cos d'Estournel is a candidate for “wine of the vintage." A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon (unusually high for this chateau), 30% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, 17,500 cases were produced from low yields. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a compelling perfume of black fruits, subtle smoke, pain grille, incense, and flowers. With extraordinary richness, full body, and remarkable freshness, elegance, and persistence, this is one of the finest wines ever made by this estate. The good news is that it will be drinkable at a young age yet evolve for three decades or more. Kudos to winemaker Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier."

—Robert Parker



In the old Gascon language, the word ‘Cos' means ‘The Hill of Pebbles'. Appropriately named, Château Cos d'Estournel is situated on the banks of the Gironde River between Pauillac and St. Estèphe, where the property is clearly defined by the hill of Cos, reaching to a height of almost 65 feet. It is today owned by Michel Reybier, and continues to be managed by a member of the Prats family under the direction of Jean-Guillaume Prats.

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc

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About Chateau Cos d'Estournel:

Château Cos d'Estournel is a Grand Cru vineyard located in St. Estephe. Its oriental facade is adorned with three pagoda turrets, all cast in a soft golden sandstone. Château Cos d'Estournel today covers 170 acres separated from Château Lafite, along the southern edge, by the stream between St. Estephe and Pauillac. The gravelly soil, over a flint, limestone and silicate subsoil low in nitrogen, has eroded over centuries to form steep ridges which perfectly drain the vineyards. The vineyards are planted 60 percent in Cabernet Sauvignon vines, 2 percent of Cabernet Franc, and 38 percent in Merlot. Naturally, the percentage of Cabernet or Merlot in the composition of each vintage depends on the climate which favors one grape variety or the other.