Château Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2002

  Château Cos d'Estournel

£1100.00 for 24x37.5cl
1 cs
 
£1100.00 for 12x75cl
4 cs
 

A small crop of only 11,000 cases in 2002. But this is the finest Cos we have tasted in years. High natural degree of alcohol (13.4 °) high in acidity with the concentration and structure to match. Sweet tobacco and dark fruits of the forest on the nose. Ultra-ripe silky texture, great attack of ripe, rich blackcurrant fruit expands and coats the palate with fine sensuous tannins. The only downside to this is Jean-Guillaume Prats’ threat not to release the wine en primeur if the market is weak.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Cos d'Estournel

Situated at the south of St Estephe, the vineyards boarder those of Chateau Lafite. The terroir is excellent and there has always been the potential to produce exceptional wines; this is recognised by its 2nd growth classification in 1855. Now owned by the industrialist Michel Reybier, the chateau boasts one of the most advanced wineries in the Medoc. The building program has certainly rivalled any of the First Growths, and one suspects this is the estate’s intention; to be perceived alongside the most illustrious names of the Medoc.

Following the departure of Jean-Guillaume Prats, Aymeric de Gironde, formally of Pichon Longueville was appointed as General Manager. He has instigated a change in philosophy, with the emphasis on producing wines with freshness, elegance and precision.

Appellation: St Estèphe

A part of St-Estèphe is separated from Pauillac's Lafite only by a stream.Though St-Estèphe contains some gravel, it is largely renowned for the high clay content of its soils compared with other vineyards on the left bank. These wetter cooler soils favour the Merlot, hence the relatively large proportion of plantings compared neighbouring communes, though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates. The cool soils means the grapes are later ripeing and tend to have high acidities, archetypal St Estèphe is a strong-willed, tannic structured wine to be laid down. The stars of St-Estèphe are Montrose, Cos d’Estournel and Calon-Segur, whilst Haut Marbuzet and Lafon Rochet have been producing excellent value wines over the last few years.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc | Merlot

A combination of three classic Bordelais grapes. The Cabernet lends weight and structure, the Petit Verdot softens and colours. A match made in heaven.