Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media. 97 pts
"I have been fortunate to taste the 2005 Cos d'Estournel three times in recent weeks and it has never been anything less than stunningly beautiful, as it is once again on this night. The interplay of dark, ripe fruit and the more mineral, savory-inflected nuances typical of Saint-Estèphe yield a compelling, wonderfully complete Bordeaux that simply has it all. An exotic mélange of graphite, gravel, smoke, cured meats and dark-fleshed fruits flow through to the explosive finish. Riveting today, the 2005 Cos will continue to thrill those fortunate enough to own it for several decades. Given its price vis-à-vis many of the high-flying wines of the year, the 2005 Cos remains a terrific relative value in its class."
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media. 93-96 pts
Deep ruby-red. Lovely floral lift to the blackberry aroma, with the new oak barely making an appearance yet. Lush and sweet, with real verve to the penetrating black fruit, camphor and chocolate flavors. Boasts superb finesse and freshness; really dances on the palate. Finishes juicy and very long, with terrific grip and some youthful austerity. But the substantial tannins (the IPT, or indice de polyphenols totaux) is a rather high 80) are thoroughly suave. Likely to be a classic, long-lived vintage for this wine. A great showing today.
Robert M. Parker, eRobertParker. 97 pts
The 2005 Cos d’Estournel is another great success from this property, which is owned by Michel Reybier. A superstar of St.-Estèphe in this vintage, this wine has a dense ruby/purple color, beautiful, sweet cassis and blackcurrant fruit, some floral notes, spice and a touch of oak in a full-bodied, layered, impressive multi-dimensional style. The tannins are surprisingly sweet and well-integrated, as is the acidity, alcohol and wood. This is a beauty and certainly the top wine of St.-Estèphe. Drink it over the next 25+ years.