Château Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2007

  Château Cos d'Estournel

Endowed with considerable structure, monumental tannins, and copious quantities of rich, ripe fruit. On the nose there is pure cassis with pretty floral notes, smoky tobacco leaf, fresh herbs and green peppercorn; on the palate the fruit is complex, blackberry, juicy damson and black cherry, layered and sophisticated; full-bodied, expansive and silky in the mouth, there is real class and impressive balance and length. Missing though is that typical Cos spice, but nevertheless, this is one of the finest wines of the vintage. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, and 55% of the yield has been classified Grand Vin.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Cos d'Estournel

Situated at the south of St Estephe, the vineyards boarder those of Chateau Lafite in Pauillac. 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. The chateau’s unique pagodas are a legacy of Gaspard Lacoste de Maniban, Marquis d’Estournel, the “Maharajah of Saint Estèphe”, who bought the land in 1791 and spent his life travelling and promoting his wine. In 2000 Michel Reybier purchased Cos and construction of a vat room entirely based on the laws of gravity (the first of its type in Bordeaux). The winemaking process, from harvest reception to bottling, takes place without pumping. Grape berries, their juices and the resulting wines are handled as gently as possible.

Following the departure of Jean-Guillaume Prats, Aymeric de Gironde, formally of Pichon Longueville was appointed as General Manager. He instigated a change in philosophy, with the emphasis on producing wines with freshness, elegance and precision. He too has moved on to pastures new, but Michel Reybier and his Technical Director, Dominique Arangoits have continued to refine and some would say perfect this style. Cos d’Estournel is enjoying a resurgence and possibly the greatest period in its long and distinguished history.

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 | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.