2020 G d'Estournel, Médoc, Bordeaux

2020 G d'Estournel, Médoc, Bordeaux

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2020 G d'Estournel, Médoc, Bordeaux

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Not displaying the exuberance of La Goulée that is shown in most vintages, but it has plenty of other things to make up for it. Lots of raspberry, blackberry fruits, with supple tannins and enough fresh acidities to cut through food - a great early-to-medium-term drinker. A little short on the finish, not quite as strong as the 2019 vintage. This is a soil which is pretty reactive to temperature so can be a warning sign in dry years, but at the same time there is a pretty strong estuary influence which balances things out.

Drink 2023 - 2036

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2021)

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Jane Anson90/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous86-88/100
Neal Martin, Vinous85-87/100
James Suckling92-93/100
Jeb Dunnuck87-89/100
Jane Anson90/100
Not displaying the exuberance of La Goulée that is shown in most vintages, but it has plenty of other things to make up for it. Lots of raspberry, blackberry fruits, with supple tannins and enough fresh acidities to cut through food - a great early-to-medium-term drinker. A little short on the finish, not quite as strong as the 2019 vintage. This is a soil which is pretty reactive to temperature so can be a warning sign in dry years, but at the same time there is a pretty strong estuary influence which balances things out.

Drink 2023 - 2036

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2021) Read more
Antonio Galloni, Vinous86-88/100
The 2020 Goulée by Cos d'Estournel is perfumed and silky in the glass. Cedar, sweet pipe tobacco and crushed flowers lend attractive aromatic presence. This is an especially gracious style that feels a bit light, especially on the mid-palate and finish, where there is some loss of persistence.

Drink 2023 - 2030

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2021) Read more
Neal Martin, Vinous85-87/100
The 2020 Goulée by Cos d’Estournel has a very earthy nose, bell pepper intermingling with black fruit, the former becoming quite pronounced with time. I would like a little more fruit to come through here. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins and quite herbaceous on the entry, showing some attenuation toward the finish. I just find this a bit severe.

Drink 2023 - 2027

Neil Martin, vinous.com (April 2021) Read more
James Suckling92-93/100
This is very classic with firm, racy tannins and dark, juicy fruit. Lots of chocolate and currants. Very balanced. 90% merlot and 10% cabernet sauvignon.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2021) Read more
Jeb Dunnuck87-89/100
The entry-level wine from this incredible estate, the 2020 Goulée By Cos D'Estournel comes from the northern part of the Médoc and is mostly Merlot. Lots of ripe black fruits, tobacco, and herbal notes define the nose, and it's medium-bodied, with a soft, round mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and a good finish. I love its balance and it has lots of character. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.

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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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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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