Château Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2011

  Château Cos d'Estournel

Representing just 30% of the production, the 2011 Cos d'Estournel left us rather puzzled. 2009 was controversial, but achieved 100 points from Robert Parker, the 2010 was much fresher and more to our liking, the 2011 is a bit of a head scratcher. With an IPT of 92 (the Pagodes is just 71); this has an aromatic profile of a super-modern St Emilion. Huge extraction has left this with rather over-ripe notes, liquorice and inky perfume on the nose. The palate is undeniably impressive, boasting a mass of Cabernet fruit and huge levels of extract, but it is the extract or rather over-extraction that makes the tannic structure rather overbearing. It is undeniably thick and impressive and if you like exotic large scale wines, this could be for you, but those whose preference is for classicism, you should look away now. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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.