It is sad to think about the exuberantly high price you would have to pay for a current release Cos d'Estournel. However, it's fun to think about putting affordable Bordeaux away in your cellar so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
As Bordeaux ages, it loses that fruity gloss of youth and angular tannins, which make it perfect to be pair with Game birds. Glazed Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Couscous Stuffing is a recipe that would be squashed by a current release Bordeaux, but with 20+ years of age on the 1990 Cos d'Estournel, it's a match made in heaven. The soft, enveloping fruit and juicy mouthfeel of the Cos is beautifully contrasted by poultry. Don't worry about the glaze as it simply balances the entire dish by providing a third flavor component to mix and match.
1990 Château Cos d'Estournel - The nose was savory and meaty with dark red fruits, sweet cinnamon spice and hint of liquor. On the palate, it was big and rich with ripe, juicy fruit and herbal tea. The finish was mouth-coating but turned juicy with a slight medicinal note. This was a very sexy wine that was more fun to drink than to think about.