The finest Goulée to date? Definitely maybe. Cos' little baby from way up the Medoc really is impressive in 2009. It's never going to possess the complexity or class of Pagodes and Cos, but it does offer much up front pleasure. It is produced from yields of just 30 hl/ha from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. It will be aged for 14 months in 50% new oak barrels. Notes of smoke and cedar on the nose give way to a rich, sumptuous core. This is packed with chocolaty, cherry stone fruit; velvety texture, simple but pleasurable.
This is Jean-Guillaume Prats venture in the northern Medoc. The concept was to produce a wine brand, but we are not really sold. The wines are big, dark and modern, but we find them somewhat charmless particularly when pitted against the excellent Cos d’Estournel.
With the exception of Haut Brion, all the Chateaux listed in the 1855 classification are situated in the Medoc, however, as with the Haut Medoc, most of the grand names defer to their more specific appellations. This is a vast AOC with around 1500 different wine-making estates. There are many good AOC Medoc wines, which did belong to the now defunct Cru Bourgois classification. The most notable estate is Potensac, which is owned by Leoville Las Cases.