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Château Cos d`Estournel is named after its 19th century owner, Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel, and it was he who built the bizarre oriental edifice that is a landmark for any tourist in the Médoc. Today Cos d'Estournel is without doubt the leading estate in St-Estéphe. It is located in the south of the appellation on the border with Pauillac and its vineyards are superbly sited on a south-facing gravel ridge with a high clay content, just north of Lafite.
Cos d'Estournel is typically a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc - do not be fooled by the relatively high Merlot content, as these are full-bodied, dark, brooding tannic wines when young which develop a complexity and intensity that can rival many top growths from Pauillac.
In 1998 the Prats family sold Cos d'Estournel to The Tailan Group but Jean-Guillaume Prats remains in charge. Cos d'Estournel is classified as a 2ème Cru Classé.
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With 70% of the crop going into this brilliant wine, what you really have this year is almost what you got from the Grand Vin in great Cos years like 2001 and 2002. Very serious, deep, sweet and gloriously savoury. Cool dense core of dark black ripe fruit. Really sumptuous and should come in at a price this year that we will all be able to afford. Here’s hoping. Simon Staples, Berrys’ Fine Wine Director
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A product of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, from 50% of the property’s yield in 2012, Les Pagodes displays a core of blackcurrant coulis fruit. A cooling and refreshing, almost earthy, character is also present, and particularly pleasing.
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Sweet, soft, succulent, juicy, sexy, round, joyous, this Pagodes seems a tad more ‘fun’ in comparison to its big, more sensible, yet profound brother. I don't mean to make it sound frivolous, and not the dense and really gorgeous glass that it is. Far from it, but it's like a GT Continental convertible versus a Bentley Arnage; it is a little less serious and just a tad flash! This is certainly the best Pagodes we have tried to date. Scrumptious! (62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot) Simon Staples, Fine Wine Director
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Cos d’Estournel’s multimillion Euro renovation project (as seen on Wine: The Firm) has turned its winery into a futuristic sight incredible to behold. Gravity flow is now all-important to ensure that the wine is moved around in the gentlest way possible. The 2008 is the first vintage to be made in the new winery and fortunately for investors in Cos’s grand project, we think you can taste the difference. This was by far the finest wine we tasted in St Estèphe. The majority of wines from this cooler commune were austere and lacking the ripe fruit found elsewhere in Bordeaux in 2008. This however has dark, brooding fruit yet is elegant and fine with lovely minerality and savoury complexity. It may need a while but this should be very impressive indeed in fifteen years’ time.
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“It’s Bordeaux! Bravo!” were the first few words I wrote after plunging my nose into the 2011. Now, please don’t take this the wrong way Jean-Guillaume, but 2009 and 2010 have been Bordeaux but almost 'Bordeaux Plus' on steroids. Both were truly remarkable wines and mostly above their peers qualitatively, they were just different. Rigorous selection was made in 2011 and only 30% of the entire crop went into the Grand Vin, so it is somewhat reined in this year. It is still deeply intense, ripe, powerful and complex, but with far more subtlety than the two previous vintages. It’s almost like the incredible, state of the art, 'Starship Enterprise' of a new chais, was a wild Arabian stallion in 2009 and given time, passion and sheer endeavour has been broken, a little, over the last few years, and now the rider and horse know each other perfectly. Although the 2011 Cos is a magnificent wine and should be considerably cheaper than 2009 and 2010, I honestly believe “we ain’t seen nothing yet” and this estate will go from strength to strength. Simon Staples, Berrys’ Fine Wine Director
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Louis-Gaspard dEstournel, a dealer in Arab horses, founded Cos dEstournel in the early nineteenth century. It was he who built the bizarre oriental edifice that is a landmark for any tourist in the Mdoc. Today, Cos is without doubt the leading estate in St-Estphe with its vineyards superbly sited next to those of Ch. Lafite. Despite the relatively high Merlot content (38%) this is full-bodied and well-structured, although with all of the smooth charm of the 1997 vintage.
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50% of the estate’s crop was used in the production of the Grand Vin this year, which is reflected by this wine’s intense power and complexity. The challenging weather conditions meant that careful management in the vineyard and use of modern technologies in the winery were critical in 2012. Fortunately, Cos d’Estournel was able to do both and the result is a concentrated and juicy wine. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot complete the blend.
With and astonishing generosity of fruit and incredible concentration, this is, in our opinion, one of the top second wines of the vintage. The wine is so incredibly pure, with intense blackcurrant coulis fruit and yet a wonderful freshness adding poise and focus. Superbly integrated and with unbelievably ripe tannins for St Estèphe, this really is quite an achievement but very pricey.