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January 27, 2011

Cos d'Estournel dinner

Dinner at Pierre hosted by Jean-Guillaume Prats.

2007 Cos d'Estournel Blanc - there's very little of this wine to go around, somewhere on the order of 3,000 bottles, so I think this is actually the first time I've ever tasted it.  The Sauvignon Blanc traits are immediately apparent - minerals, pipi de chat, muscat and lemon.  Lovely wine.

2007 Pagodes de Cos - nose was very sweet, with caramel notes, forest and pine.  Very New World...

2006 Goulée Rouge - minty, pine and alcoholic.  Later on nose turned sweet with caramel. 

2001 Cos d'Estournel - smoky, minty, more game meat and alcoholic.  Jean-Guillaume told us that the style had already started changing by this vintage, but nevertheless I found it to be halfway between the newer, riper style and the classic claret.

1996 Cos d'Estournel - very lean, smoky, green pepper, spicy, meaty and alcoholic.  This is the classic claret through and through.

1993 Cos d'Estournel - minty, brett, smoke, more fruity than the '96.  Nose was open and sweet.  Very enjoyable and better than the '96.

2001 Hétszőlő Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos - big nose of polyurethane and acetone, with honey, orange marmalade and alcohol.  Surprisingly not like other Tokaji I've had before, in that there was a good balance between the sweetness and acidity.

Full post on dinner is here.

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