Racy and firm with silky tannins and juicy fruit. Medium to full body and chocolate and spice flavors underpin the juicy fruit. Mar 2017, www.jamessuckling.com
This wine is rich, but it has a tension and acidity that contrasts with the ripe fruit flavors. The tannins are cushioned by generous fruit. It will develop quickly and then stay at a high level for several years. Apr 2017, Roger Voss, www.wineenthusiast.com
77% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. Yield 52 hl/ha. Picked 28 September - 15 October. Not much nose. Lots of freshness. Really quite lifted and racy on top, though a tad stodgy underneath. Definitely quite an evolution of style. A certain inkiness but very much smarter than it used to be. Inky finish. Apr 2017, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2021-2028
This is an excellent Goulée with the cooling edge of a beautiful fresh Médoc coupled with generosity. Easily one of the best Goulées that I have tasted. Flint and smoke aromatics on the nose are followed by welcoming red fruits through the body of the wine. 77% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, picked over a long harvest period from 28th September to 15th October. This is the first year the new plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon have been included in the blend. 3.65pH. Apr 2017, www.decanter.com, Drink: 2023-2035
The 2016 Goulee, from team "Cos d'Estournel" is a blend of 77% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc and was picked from 28 September to 15 October. It has a clean and precise blackcurrant and graphite tinged bouquet, not as intense as previous vintages that I have tasted such as 2009 and 2010, but very well delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with a very Pauillac-like opening thanks to that vein of pencil lead. Fine acidity here, moderate depth with a gentle grip on the graphite-tinged finish. This is better than the 2015 Goulée that I tasted last year and is very promising for when it is finally bottled. Apr 17, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2020-2032 Apr 2017, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2020-2032
The 2016 Goulée by Cos d'Estournel is soft, supple and open-knit, all qualities that will make it an excellent choice for drinking pretty much upon release. Silky tannins, lifted aromatics and a host of red fruits add to the wine's sensuality.