Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cos Labory is a little reduced to start, unfurling to display notions of baked blackcurrants, blackberry preserves and boysenberries with touches of sautéed herbs, smoked meats and tar. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, fine-grained frame and background freshness supporting the elegant black fruit and savory layers, finishing on a lingering mineral note.
92-94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)
Packed equally with tannins and black fruits, this ripe wine is dense and solid. Its acidity and freshness give a juicy edge to the wine, showing good potential for aging.
92-94 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2019)
The core of fruit in this wine is all there, together with a polished tannin frame that provides form and refinement.
92-93 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
The 2018 Cos Labory is terrific. Pliant, deeply layered and full of complexity, the 2018 has a lot going on. Grilled herbs, cured meats, smoke, licorice and dark fruit all flesh out in this deep, super-expressive Saint-Estèphe. In 2018, Cos Labory is a wine of real character and distinction. The natural concentration of the year, along with a higher percentage of Petit Verdot than normal, result in a Cos Labory with intense fruit and equally huge tannins. Here, too, yields are down 50% at 25 hectoliters per hectare as opposed to 50. The blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times.
89-92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2019)