Château Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2013

  Château Cos d'Estournel

This is Aymeric de Gironde's first full vintage in charge since he moved from Pichon Longueville, and it probably will be a vintage he never forgets… A hugely challenging year, but the hottest July in 60 years at Cos helped break down the methoxypyrazines, so the fruit flavours are pure and ripe. Harvesting had to be done with great precision as the berries were very thin skinned and therefore susceptible to rot. They only chaptalized two tanks of Cabernet Franc which will go in the Pagodes. Alcohols are a modest 12.7%. Aymeric did a 10 day cold maceration to extract fruit flavours without extracting alcohol and the results are very promising. A quintessentially northern Medoc bouquet of lead pencil, cassis, violets - fragrant and brimming with cool purple fruit. The palate is broad but focussed, ripe and concentrated. Refreshing, seductive and smooth with hints of spice, chocolate, with a cherry stone and menthol finish. IPT of 71, 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% 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.