2023 Pagodes de Cos Blanc, Bordeaux

2023 Pagodes de Cos Blanc, Bordeaux

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2023 Pagodes de Cos Blanc, Bordeaux

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Description

Blend: 80% Sauvignon Blanc; 20% Sémillon.

Pascal Chatonnier is the consultant here for the whites (Eric Boissenot for the reds). The aim is to capture the salty, oyster shell tang of the terroir for this wine, which is further north in the Médoc, near Goulée. Being closer to the ocean, the site is windy, which slows ripening and captures the lovely marine notes that complement the subtle notes of pear and lime blossom. This charming wine has a little extra. While not especially for the long term, it will also evolve with a little time in bottle.

Drink 2025 - 2032

Our score: 16/20

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Jane Anson92/100

Spiced saffron and white peach, slate grip and rise through the palate, plenty of freshness and juicy citrus, great energy. Harvest September 5 to 15 harvest, 7% new oak. 10ha of white for the Estournel wines, 18 years on from its first vintage in 2005.

Drink 2024 - 2034

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100

The 2023 Pagodes de Cos Blanc is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon. It has a light but pleasant bouquet with orchard fruit and linden, unassuming but well-defined. The palate is marked by quite seductive lime cordial notes on the entry mixed with mango and light Satsumas with a harmonious finish—very fine.

Drink 2025 - 2032

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW89-91/100

The 2023 Pagodes de Cos Blanc flies out with energetic notes of lemon curd, white peaches, and fresh pears plus nuances of wild thyme and elderflower. The light-bodied palate is crisp and vibrant, with bags of citrusy flavors and great length. The blend is 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, with pH 3.10.

Drink 2025 - 2030

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW15/20

80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sémillon. Cask sample.

Aromatically appealing but a trifle short and thin on the palate. Don’t let it hang around.

Drink 2024 - 2026

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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Wine Advocate89-91/100

Aromas of citron confit, lemon oil, white fruits and herbs preface the 2023 Pagodes de Cos Blanc, a layered and juicy, round and broad wine that is moderately weighted, fresh, elegant and finishes with a slightly short and mouthwatering aftertaste. This is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon.

Drink 2024 - 2030

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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James Suckling95-96/100

There’s depth and focus to this white, with sliced-lemon and green-mango character, as well as orange blossom. Some stone and salt, too. Full-bodied with a radiant mid-palate and lots of intensity. Salty at the end. 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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Jeb Dunnuck92-94/100

Mostly Sauvignon but with 20% Semillon, the 2023 Pagodes De Cos Blanc has a lovely Sauvignon character with its ripe citrus, juicy grapefruit, mint, and a kiss of chalky minerality. It's balanced, medium-bodied, has racy acidity, and incredible purity.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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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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Saint-Estèphe

Saint-Estèphe

Saint-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.

Saint-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. 

Saint-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 & Sémillon

Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon

The blend used for White Graves and Sauternes and rarely encountered outside France. In the great dry whites of Graves, Sauvignon Blanc tends to predominate in the blend, although properties such as Smith Haut Lafite use 100% Sauvignon Blanc while others such as Laville Haut Brion have as much as 60% Sémillon in their final blends. Sauvignon Blanc wines can lose their freshness and fruit after a couple of years in bottle - if blended with Sémillon, then the latter bolsters the wine when the initial fruit from the Sauvignon fades. Ultimately Sauvignon Blanc gives the wine its aroma and raciness while Sémillon gives it backbone and longevity.

In Sauternes, Sémillon is dominant, with Sauvignon Blanc playing a supporting role - it is generally harvested about 10 days before Sémillon and the botrytis concentrates its sweetness and dampens Sauvignon Blanc`s naturally pungent aroma. It contributes acidity, zip and freshness to Sauternes and is an important component of the blend.

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