With all the elegance and power of Saint Estèphe, Château Cos Labory 2014 is a very appealing claret. The property is neighbour to Cos d'Estournel, but less well known so comes at a much more attractive price. Elegant red fruit with an earthy finish.
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Graphite-tinged black fruit, fine tannin and an elegant finish
Ripe cassis, blackberry, with a touch of violet and earth
Despite dating back to the late 1700s, you may not have heard of Cos Labory, but you are very likely to know of its neighbours. Cos d'Estournel is directly opposite, Château Lafite Rothschild is next door (less than a kilometre away), and it's only a short six minute drive to Château Montrose. This means you can enjoy all of the flavour of a classic Saint Estèphe red, with its dark cassis and cherry fruit, firm grip, tempered by spicy tobacco from ageing in 40% new oak, at a down to earth price. The ripe fruit 2014 vintage is already drinking well, but will continue to improve. Decant an hour beforehand and enjoy with classic meat dishes – from roast chicken to steak – or even, thanks to its inherent freshness, with a meaty fish like tuna.
"Rather elegant and fresh palate with a well-balanced, clean and dry finish of quite some length"
James Suckling Critic