- Château Cos d'Estournel
- St Estèphe
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos has a well-defined, almost Graves-like bouquet of a mélange of red and black fruit: punnets of freshly picked strawberries and raspberried, and blackberries following later. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins. This Les Pagodes has a smooth veneer, just a faint wisp of dark chocolate and espresso infusing the predominantly red fruit. A second wine that will probably drink well after one or two years in bottle. Drink 2023 - 2030
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Fresh, bright, spicy and almost ready to go. The wine is medium-bodied, savory, lifted and polished. The fresh, red pit fruits are accompanied by tobacco leaf, spice, cigar box and savory notes on the nose, palate and finish. Drink this young while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine blends 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.
Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
Structured and fresh with present but unaggressive tannins. Fruit bright and lifted. Upright and classic in its demeanour and clearly with ageing potential. (JL) 13.3%. Drink 2027 – 2040
Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
am rather impressed with Pagodes in 2020 given that it seems like it is, in almost every way imaginable, a scaled-down version of its parent wine. I know that the traditional sense of a second wine is precisely this, but in the modern era of Bordeaux many, if not all, second wines are very different creatures indeed, having purposefully different characters and fulfilling very different roles within their respective portfolios. Pagodes has never seemingly strayed too far from the arms of Cos d’Estournel – it is not safe out there in the wild world and why would any wine want to go it alone if you had Cos as your parent? In 2020, it seems that Pagodes is inextricably entwined in the arms of its family. Of course, this is a tender, refreshing and enthusiastic wine with a forward air and pliable fruit tones. There is the trademark 2020 freshness on the finish, bringing a snap of acidity to add a ‘full stop’ to the end of this wine’s sentence. But there are also genuine Cos traits here with luxurious hints of oak and occasional profound black fruit puddles which you can jump into or step over. This is a lighter, more compact fellow but it is every bit as expressive as legions of ‘first wines’ in this vintage and for that reason, I hope that you manage to taste this wine one day. Wine writers use the prefix ‘mini-’ far too often and rather sloppily if you ask me, but in 2020, Pagodes is, genuinely, a mini-Cos.
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.