- Château Cos d'Estournel
- St Estèphe
- Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
- 2023 - 2033
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Cos d’Estournel Blanc has an attractive nose, the Sémillon component more expressive than previous vintages, offering scents of beeswax, acacia honey, tinned white peaches and a hint of chamomile. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry, the spiciness on the front end and stem ginger and lemongrass getting the saliva flowing. Showing good weight and balance and an almost understated finish, this is quite simply a dry white Bordeaux that you want to keep drinking more of. Excellent. Drink 2023 - 2035
Decanter, May 2021,
Touch of reduction on the nose, gunsmoke and flint, this is gastronomic and serious, the fint and citrus flavours are hidden at first. A brilliant one-two punch with the first and second wines in the Cos stable this year. Drink 2023-2035 (JA)
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Cos d'Estournel Blanc balances the radiance of a warm growing season with the energy of a cooler year so gracefully. Sémillon plays a greater role in the blend and that brings out a good deal of depth in the peach and orchard fruit flavors. Drink 2022 - 2030
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Vivacious, bright, yellow citrus, lime, green apple, tangerine and honeysuckle notes are there for the taking on the nose and palate. Crisp and energetic, with a long blast of zesty green apples, lemon peel and a hint of vanilla in the finish. This is among the best vintages of Cos d'Estournel Blanc ever produced. The wine blends 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon.
Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
More length and precision than the Pagodes Blanc. Pin-point citrus note with a touch of vanilla oak. Good depth of fresh fruit on the palate then length and persistence. Really quite vibrant. (JL) 14%. Drink 2022 – 2028
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
The Grand Vin 2020 Château Cos D'Estournel is based on 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot that was brought up in 55% new French oak. An inky-hued, concentrated, yet flawlessly balanced wine, it has gorgeous cassis and dark currant fruits, medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, building tannins, and just a wonderful sense of purity and elegance backed up by ample concentration. It stays tight, focused, and seamless, and is a brilliant example of the vintage. The 2020 hit 13.4% natural alcohol with a pH of 3.9 and an IPT of 80.
Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
It is clear that this wine is becoming a favourite in the Cos portfolio because as every year passes the tension and the finesse on offer is gradually ratcheted up. From out of nowhere this is now one of the most enjoyable whites in the Left Bank and it sits outside of the vast ocean of white Graves (and Pessac-Léognan) wines because its fruit is more tender and less keenly oaky. This means that in shape and size it is more comparable to the top wines from the Loire as opposed to those from Bordeaux. Generous, refined, pure and impeccably balanced this is a hauntingly delicious wine.
Château Cos d'Estournel
Resembling an ancient Indian palace, Cos d'Estournel is like no other Bordeaux château. The estate was founded in the early 19th century by Louis Gaspard d'Estournel and the château was built once the vineyards were established as a celebration of his conquests in the Far East. Since 2000, Cos d’Estournel has been in the hands of French hotelier Michel Reybier. Under Reybier’s direction, the château has thrived. In 2007 he commissioned a state-of-the-art wine cellar, the first in Bordeaux to use solely gravity (no pumps). The 91-hectare vineyard is planted to a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot (33%), Cabernet Franc (1%) and Petit Verdot (1%) and produces the Grand Vin Cos d’Estournel and a second wine, Pagodes de Cos.
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.