- Château Cos Labory
- St Estèphe
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2016 - 2025
- Case size
Goedhuis, July 2015,
Neighbour to Ch Cos d'Estournel, this is as benchmark a St Estèphe as one could get at a sensible Cru Classé price. It has weight and structure with firm brooding fruit flavours. This is fulfilling its potential; a class act now at its peak of drinking.
Goedhuis, April 2010,
As a neighbour to Ch Cos d'Estournel, this is estate has long been considered an underperformer butin recent years great steps have been made in the vineyard and winery and the rewards can clearly be seen in this very good 2009. A lovely balance between dark berries and violet aromas while in the mouth possesses a sweetness of flavours with an appealing harmonious finish. This very much justifies its 5th growth classification.
Robert Parker, April 2010,
Much more narrowly defined than most 2009s, the opaque purple-colored Cos Labory reveals some jagged, raspy tannins. Although it appears to have plenty of concentration, its disjointedness is worrisome. (Tasted once.)
Château Cos Labory
Directly across the road from Cos d’Estournel in St Estephe, Ch Cos Labory is a historical under-performer that has been improving in leaps and bounds over the past decades. Bernard Audoy’s focus on improved vineyard practice, stricter selection and investment in the cellar has paid dividends. The 18 hectare vineyard Prices remain reasonable as quality rises and these wines are some of the best value in the Medoc.
St Estèphe is the most northern of Médoc communal crus. Its unique terroir is made up of layers of gravel which are supported by a dense clay base. This subsoil retains water in dry seasons and works particularly well with Merlot, a largely planted variety which is used to flesh out Cabernet Sauvignon. This clay base also creates powerful, textured tannins which enable St Estèphe to stand out from the pack. Like St Julien, it is one of the four most important communal appellations of the Médoc which does not contain any first growths, despite its southern border being a stone'sthrow from Château Lafite. Nonetheless, it is home to some excellent châteaux making fine wines such as Cos d'Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur and Lafon Rochet.