Half a century done!
I have now passed a major milestone in my life by having a pleasant and delicate way to celebrate the 50th anniversary together with my family. Golf lesson in the morning (first in 10 years) resulted in performing better than expected, normally it is usually difficult to get a old dog to sit. Games after 18 holes with the wife at home course Rönnebäcks GC before all the dinner preparations began. Finally, I had a great time, trying a wine from my birth year and what a fantastic experience it was ...
Château Cos d'Estournel 1961 (Saint-Estèphe)
My first first thought was (as I carefully removed the somewhat tired wine cork) if you really can enjoy a 50-year old wine. Now this particular wine is from the Bordeaux region, famous for its storing capability and especially if the vintage is one of the best in more then 100 years, but a lot can happen on this specific journey. To my surprise, there was still a clear sign of typically unique Bordeaux smell, like open up the door to a horse stable with full bouquet that resembles a really good wine from this area. The wine was clearly alive to my great delight. The feeling was enhanced even more when I finally got to taste the wine after spending several hours in the decanter for much-needed venting after all these years of storage. The taste was heavenly with a dense wonderful balance and great taste of dark berries. Still a wonderfully good wine despite its age. It shows that vintage 61 still have much to give and symbolizes my life right now in a very good way.
Some more facts about Château Cos d'Estournel!
Louis Gaspard d'Estournel was born in 1762 under Louis XV and died in 1853 at the remarkable age of 91 years. (Just think what good wine can do for life)
Having inherited a small wine area near the village of Cos, he discovered the quality of its wine and decided to to produce it separately. Very quickly, Cos d'Estournel's wine price exceeded most of the prestigious wines from its famous neighbours and exported as far as India.
Louis became known as "Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe". In 1852 he was overwhelmed by debts he had accumulated due to the development of the property, Louis was forced to sell Cos to a London banker named Martyns. Allowed by Martyns to remain and live on the land he so much loved. He died there in 1853, two years before the great classification that placed Cos d'Estournel in the head of the appellation Saint-Estephe.
1869 Martyns sold Cos d'Estournel to Errazu, an aristocratic Basque family who sold it again in 1889 to the brothers Hostein. In 1917 was bought Cos d'Estournel of Fernand Ginestet, one of the leading wine merchants of Bordeaux. His grandson, Jean-Marie, Yves and Bruno Prats inherited the castle.
Chateau Cos d'Estournel has belonged to Michel Reybier since 2000. Mr. Reybiers goal has been to maintain the Châteaux's high standards and constant striving for excellence and at the same time continue the avant-garde style that was initiated by Louis Gaspard d'Estournel.
Cos d'Estournel, in the eyes of wine lovers has become the archetype of a certain kind of masculine elegance with tremendous power and combined great balance.
Impressive when it is young, the intensity of its structure and explosive fruit, developes Cos d'Estournel slowly and when fully mature (after ten to thirty years) is characterized by admirable smoothness and aromatic complexity.
Great vintages can be exceptionally long-lived and can be enjoyed more than a century.