Tasted at the chateau. A lush opulent nose with black cherries, cassis and iodine, all with great definition and well-integrated new oak. For me this is a flamboyant, confident Cos d’Estournel, without the sophistication or depth of the 2005, but with lots of charm. Notes of blackberry, violets and a touch of graphite with an unusually floral finish with a Burgundian lightness of touch. Touch of espresso on the aftertaste. Very fine, although if I had to choose between this and Calon-Segur, I would opt for the one with the heart. Tasted April 2007.
Dense, old vine flavors of cassis and black fruit offset by refined mineral, liquorice and tobacco notes lead into this wine's layered, complex palate which is supported by a firm, focused backbone of sweet, ripe tannins and an elegant, balanced acidity on the extended finish.