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Bordeaux 2016: Cos d’Estournel and Les Pagodes de Cos
25 April 2017

Cos d’Estournel is full of surprises. We were really intrigued to taste the 2016s and see the stylistic transformation of the wines. And we were stunned by Aymeric de Gironde’s decision to be the first classified growth from the Medoc to release… In fact it rather caught us unaware… Aymeric described 2016 as an 'atypical year'. At the middle of June the spectre of 2013 loomed, but the weather turned dramatically and Bordeaux went on to experience one of its driest summers on record. 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. And we wholeheartedly approve of this strategy, there is noticeably more freshness, precision and elegance in the wines – they are not screaming for attention as perhaps Cos d’Estournels of the past did, rather, these are sophisticated, with a sense of reserve and assurance.    Read More

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