2020 Cos d'Estournel Blanc, Bordeaux

2020 Cos d'Estournel Blanc, Bordeaux

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2020 Cos d'Estournel Blanc, Bordeaux

Description

Sauvignon Blanc 66%, Sémillon 34%

The first vintage of this now highly sought-after wine was 2005. It was created from a red-wine vineyard purchased in 2003; because of limestone present under the topsoil, the vines were field-grafted to white varieties. This brilliant ’20 is both complex and energising. The bouquet is pure, with high-toned verbena notes. It flows from the glass; the Sémillon adds a creamy texture, but not at the expense of detail. It is only lightly oaked. There are beautiful herbal notes on the finish, which is both delicate and sapid. This is definitely a wine for the table.

Drink 2024-2032

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Critics reviews

Jane Anson95/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous91-93/100
Neal Martin, Vinous91-93/100
Wine Advocate93-95+/100
Jancis Robinson MW16.5+/20
James Suckling98-99/100
Michael Schuster93-94/100
Jane Anson95/100
Touch of reduction on the nose, gunsmoke and flint, this is gastronomic and serious, the fint and citrus flavours are hidden at first. A brilliant one-two punch with the first and second wines in the Cos stable this year.

Drink from 2023 to 2035

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2021) Read more
Antonio Galloni, Vinous91-93/100
The 2020 Cos d'Estournel Blanc balances the radiance of a warm growing season with the energy of a cooler year so gracefully. Sémillon plays a greater role in the blend and that brings out a good deal of depth in the peach and orchard fruit flavors.

Drink from 2022 to 2030

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (June 2021) Read more
Neal Martin, Vinous91-93/100
The 2020 Cos d’Estournel Blanc has an attractive nose, the Sémillon component more expressive than previous vintages, offering scents of beeswax, acacia honey, tinned white peaches and a hint of chamomile. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry, the spiciness on the front end and stem ginger and lemongrass getting the saliva flowing. Showing good weight and balance and an almost understated finish, this is quite simply a dry white Bordeaux that you want to keep drinking more of. Excellent.

Drink from 2023 to 2035

Neal Martin, Vinous (May 2021) Read more
Wine Advocate93-95+/100
The 2020 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is composed of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, with an alcohol of 14% and a pH of 3.15. The harvest took place August 31–September 10 with a yield of 24 hectoliters per hectare. It is aging in French oak barrels, 8% new. It bursts from the glass with vibrant notes of lime blossoms, fresh grapefruit and white peaches, plus hints of ripe pears and lemongrass with wafts of chalk dust and wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate is charged with intense citrus and stony flavors, supported by a seriously racy line of acidity, finishing long and minerally.

Drink 2025 - 2040

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (May 2021) Read more
Jancis Robinson MW16.5+/20
More length and precision than the Pagodes Blanc. Pin-point citrus note with a touch of vanilla oak. Good depth of fresh fruit on the palate then length and persistence. Really quite vibrant.

Drink 2022 - 2028

James Lawther MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2021) Read more
James Suckling98-99/100
A super white with dense mango, lemon and lime, as well as some clove and nutmeg. Full-bodied, really complete and long. Sensational. So much potential here. 66% sauvignon blanc and 34% semillon.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2021) Read more
Michael Schuster93-94/100
Pale lemon, already a hint of Semillon wax; rich, vital, concentrated, fairly structured dry white; flesh and finesse, a surprising aromatic volume and complexity at relatively moderate alcohol; a dry white Bordeaux of great class, considerable finesse, and with terrific length. As so often, this is the quality equivalent of a top premier cru white Burgundy. Striking, individual, great dry white wine

Drink 2023 - 2030

Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (May 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Cos d'Estournel

Cos d'Estournel

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. Cos d'Estournel is classified as a 2ème Cru Classé.

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St Estephe

St Estephe

St Estèphe is the northernmost of the most important communes of the Médoc and borders Pauillac on its southernmost border, with only a gully and stream separates it from Ch. Lafite. To the north lies the Bas-Médoc.

St Estèphe is defined by the depth of its gravel, which is ubiquitous but of varying depths and occasionally very shallow, when clay predominates. This keeps the soil cooler and wetter than its counterparts so that the wines can appear fresh in lighter vintages, but superbly successful in hot, dry years. 

The best châteaux in the south of the commune have the deepest soil and the thickest gravel. Cos d'Estournel has an exceptional terroir with its vineyards being located on a south-facing ridge of gravel with excellent drainage. 

St Estèphe is the least gravelly of main Médoc communes and in the north of the commune the vineyards are heavier and more clay-based leading to a rustic style of wine being produced.

The wines can appear austere in youth with a discernable ferric note at some châteaux, but the best typically display good depth of colour, pronounced acidity an tannins in youth and are exceptionally long-lived. At their best, they are the equal of almost any Bordeaux. The well-regarded St Estèphe co-operative controls the production of about half the appellation.

Recommended Châteaux
Cos (Ch. Cos d'Estournel), Ch. Montrose, Ch. Calon-Ségur, Ch. Lafon-Rochet, Ch. Les Ormes de Pez, Ch. Beau-Site, Ch. Cos Labory, Ch. Phélan-Ségur

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

An important white grape in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that has now found fame in New Zealand and now Chile. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce fresh, dry, crisp  Bordeaux Blancs, as well as more prestigious Cru Classé White Graves.

It is also blended with Sémillon, though in lower proportions, to produce the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It performs well in the Loire Valley and particularly on the well-drained chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where it produces bone dry, highly aromatic, racy wines, with grassy and sometimes smoky, gunflint-like nuances.

In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today many producers are rivalling Cloudy Bay in terms of quality and Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand`s trademark grape.

It is now grown very successfully in Chile producing wines that are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character. After several false starts, many South African producers are now producing very good quality, rounded fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs.

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