Château Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2016

  Château Cos d'Estournel

Aymeric de Gironde described 2016 as an 'atypical year'. At the middle of June the spectre of 2013 loomed, but then the weather turned dramatically, and the rest is history… There is a definite transition going on at Cos. Amyeric himself explained that the team are picking earlier, using higher yields and using very gentle extractions; focussing on a 'classic ripe' style, rather than the trend for lower yields and super-ripeness. This is an admirable change in direction and the 2016 is certainly more vibrant and charming than recent vintages. There are gravelly, Morello cherry notes, hints of wild strawberries, Victoria plums and cherry stones. It will be fascinating to see if this fleshes out. It's a new and interesting philosophy - time will tell if it has worked... Produced from 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% 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.