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

Château Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2020



Château Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2020


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château Cos d'Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2020

As we have already written for Pagodes de Cos, there has been a revolution at this revered second growth Chateau. Gone are the enormous powerhouse efforts, which to our palates lacked freshness and charm, and now the new regime has implemented a refined style with the emphasis on charm and detail. We weren't altogether convinced by the first few attempts. However, the 2018 is much more compelling. The bouquet offers notes of fruitcake, raisins, spice and ginger. It's really quite stylish and complex with attractive floral cassis and incense, decadent black fruits and ferrous minerals. This has real style and precision. The fruit doesn't feel heavy or overworked, it's natural and ripe, unforced, poised. We really like the energy and brightness of fruit, the way the tannins grip the palate and coat the taste buds with pure fruit. This is a very smart, haute couture Cos. Cos rediscovered. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel has a deep garnet-purple color. It is very closed at this youthful stage but with much shaking it opens out to vivacious notes of crushed blackcurrants, juicy blackberries, kirsch, and cinnamon stick, plus suggestions of star anise, lilacs, and crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate shimmers with energetic black fruit and mineral layers, supported by fine-grained, beautifully ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and fragrant. A very elegant expression of Cos, and absolutely beguiling!
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Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2020 Cos d'Estournel, which was bottled in July, has lost some of the exoticism that it showed out of barrel. Within five minutes of aeration it develops a complex bouquet: black fruit laced with graphite and subtle cedar aromas, a charcoal back-note and later pressed iris flowers. I foresee this gaining more nuance with bottle age. The palate is taut, lean and precise. Lightly spiced on the entry, with finely-chiseled tannins, again, not quite as precocious as it showed in barrel, allowing the terroir to come through more. There is something almost understated about this vintage vis-à-vis others, razor-sharp precision with just the right amount of salinity on the finish. This is a classy offering that will mature beautifully in bottle. A keeper.
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Château Cos d'Estournel

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.

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