Château Cos d’Estournel St. Estephe 1982

A 25 Year-Old Bordeaux with Christmas Dinner.

“Just like a novel writer can be the same and yet different through his works, a Grand Cru can express the same style through its different vintages.

Impressive in its youth by the intensity of its structure and the strength of its fruit, the wine of Cos evolves slowly to reach a wonderful melting quality and an aromatic complexity when it comes to complete maturity.

Great vintages of Cos d’Estournel can have an exceptionally long life, sometimes exceeding a hundred years.” Cos website


And an Old-Fashioned Christmas Dinner Menu:

Traditional Relish Tray, that spins 🙂
Beef Wellington with Green Peppercorn Port Wine Demi-Glace
Potatoes with Sour Cream & Horseradish
Carrots, Parsnips & Sweet Potatoes with Butter and Parsley
Steamed Green Beans
Roasted Beets
Eleanor’s Delicious Home-Baked Desserts & Cookies
Served on Virginia’s Christmas China

My Wine Notes:
60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot
The cork: in fine shape, just slightly crumbly. Using an ah-so was helpful.
First impression: deep inky-purple color, surprising.
Bouquet: underwhelming.
Taste: austere to begin. But over time of about 3 hours it became more and more intriguing. Smooth with balanced acidity. There was certainly fruit there, but specific fruit flavors were not evident.
Overall: this wine is mature, not flamboyant, elegant, with a lingering finish and surprisingly no sediment. Quite enjoyable.

A special thank you to Lou and Lauren for including me in their family celebration.

Where were you in 1982?
I was working for the old Velvet Turtle Restaurants.
Beef Wellington was one of our signature dishes back then.

6 thoughts on “Château Cos d’Estournel St. Estephe 1982”

  1. A beautiful description! I could appreciate the taste.
    1982~ I was living in germany, enjoying many a wine!

  2. what a lovely festive tabel and your meal looks delicious…a 25 year-old Bordeaux…beautiful!! hope your 2008 is a great one. I’m looking forward to be frequently inspired by your blog!
    ronell

  3. Hi Cynthia – Happy New Year to you, too! Thank you for the compliment on the header. It took me a while to get it right, I always loved the photograph.

    Hi Ronell – Wishing you a wonderful 2008, too! I look forward to visiting your blog often as well 🙂

  4. I just stumbled across this old post… I have an '85 Cos. waiting for me in my cellar. I like the idea of serving it with a beef wellington. I need to drink it soon, too!

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