Château Cos d'Estournel

Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estéphe Red Bordeaux Blend

9.0372 ratings
9.069 pro ratings
St. Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Top Notes For
James Forsyth

Very attractive. Still quite tight. Leather, tar. Dark profile. Burst of spice through the finish.

Very attractive. Still quite tight. Leather, tar. Dark profile. Burst of spice through the finish.

May 10th, 2019
James Forsyth

Drinking really well right now. Good grip and some dark fruit. Nicely finessed.

Drinking really well right now. Good grip and some dark fruit. Nicely finessed.

May 10th, 2019
James Forsyth

Very elegant. Finessed. Near term drinking. Floral, red fruit. Sustained nicely. Medium to light bodied. 55% CS, 45% Merlot.

Very elegant. Finessed. Near term drinking. Floral, red fruit. Sustained nicely. Medium to light bodied. 55% CS, 45% Merlot.

May 10th, 2019
James Forsyth

Juicy, tobacco, leather. Sweet burst on the midpalate. Plenty of spice.

Juicy, tobacco, leather. Sweet burst on the midpalate. Plenty of spice.

May 10th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

This is the 2nd wine of Cos d'Estournel.

The nose reveals; blackberries, dark cherry pie, poached strawberries, plum, black raspberries, blueberries, well extracted pomegranate, burnt ambers, touch of incense, dark, rich, earth, limestone minerals, tree sap, black tea, used leather, pipe tobacco, dark asian spices, clove, nutmeg, very light cinnamon & vanilla, mint notes, wood shavings, herbaceous notes, dry brush, dry stone with dark fresh & withering flowers, violets and hints of lavender.

The body is near full, round and lush. The tannins are well resolved but still have baby teeth with some dark, sticky tarriness. The structure, tension are still fairly big. The length and balance are starting to round into top form. For a 2nd wine from a very good vintage, there is a depth that missing. While this wine still has a decade of life left in it, I’m not sure it gets a whole lot better. It’s more a distant relative in 05 than a baby brother to its big brother. Maybe, the earth and fruit get into better balance? Oddly, I think it’s the fruit that is holding their 2nd wine back a bit, which is odd for such a good vintage & good producer of Bordeaux. Mostly ripe; blackberries, dark cherry pie, poached strawberries, plum, black raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries & well extracted pomegranate. Burnt ambers, touch of incense, dark, rich, earth, limestone minerals, tree sap, black tea, used leather, pipe tobacco, darker asian spices with palate heat, clove, nutmeg, very light cinnamon & vanilla, heavier mint notes, dark chocolate, used expresso grounds, cedar plank, graphite, more pronounced herbaceousness, dry brush, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, dry stone with dark fresh & withering flowers, blue flowers, violets and hints of lavender. The acidy is round and nice. Perhaps, a shade off for the vintage. The finish is ripe, heavier on the earth than fruit leaving a significant palate dryness on the long set that persists for minutes.

Photos of; Chateau Cos d'Estournel, which sits just inside Saint-Estèphe bordering Pauillac, the back patio of Cos d'Estournel, library wines and sometimes tasting lounge and their spectacular barrel room.

This is the 2nd wine of Cos d'Estournel.

The nose reveals; blackberries, dark cherry pie, poached strawberries, plum, black raspberries, blueberries, well extracted pomegranate, burnt ambers, touch of incense, dark, rich, earth, limestone minerals, tree sap, black tea, used leather, pipe tobacco, dark asian spices, clove, nutmeg, very light cinnamon & vanilla, mint notes, wood shavings, herbaceous notes, dry brush, dry stone with dark fresh & withering flowers, violets and hints of lavender.

The body is near full, round and lush. The tannins are well resolved but still have baby teeth with some dark, sticky tarriness. The structure, tension are still fairly big. The length and balance are starting to round into top form. For a 2nd wine from a very good vintage, there is a depth that missing. While this wine still has a decade of life left in it, I’m not sure it gets a whole lot better. It’s more a distant relative in 05 than a baby brother to its big brother. Maybe, the earth and fruit get into better balance? Oddly, I think it’s the fruit that is holding their 2nd wine back a bit, which is odd for such a good vintage & good producer of Bordeaux. Mostly ripe; blackberries, dark cherry pie, poached strawberries, plum, black raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries & well extracted pomegranate. Burnt ambers, touch of incense, dark, rich, earth, limestone minerals, tree sap, black tea, used leather, pipe tobacco, darker asian spices with palate heat, clove, nutmeg, very light cinnamon & vanilla, heavier mint notes, dark chocolate, used expresso grounds, cedar plank, graphite, more pronounced herbaceousness, dry brush, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, dry stone with dark fresh & withering flowers, blue flowers, violets and hints of lavender. The acidy is round and nice. Perhaps, a shade off for the vintage. The finish is ripe, heavier on the earth than fruit leaving a significant palate dryness on the long set that persists for minutes.

Photos of; Chateau Cos d'Estournel, which sits just inside Saint-Estèphe bordering Pauillac, the back patio of Cos d'Estournel, library wines and sometimes tasting lounge and their spectacular barrel room.

Mar 2nd, 2019
"Odedi"

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Bordeaux.


Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose, black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, wood, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, river rocks, peppercorn, tobacco, dark coffee and light bell pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, wet leaves and earth.

Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet blend from Bordeaux. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and great complexity.

This great vintage is already enjoyable, although it could use some additional time to mature properly, 5 to 10 years.

This Second Growth is good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (4 hours).

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with smoked meats. Delicious and yummy.

A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot.

14% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$75.

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Bordeaux.


Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose, black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, wood, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, river rocks, peppercorn, tobacco, dark coffee and light bell pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, wet leaves and earth.

Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet blend from Bordeaux. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and great complexity.

This great vintage is already enjoyable, although it could use some additional time to mature properly, 5 to 10 years.

This Second Growth is good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (4 hours).

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with smoked meats. Delicious and yummy.

A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot.

14% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$75.

Feb 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

This is the second wine of Cos d’ Estournel, Les Pagodes De Cos. I find it’s a good idea not only to buy first wines of Bordeaux in good vintages but, also buy the hell out of 2nd wines of good producers as it’s a close relative of their first wine for a lot less money 💰. 2005 was a marquee vintage in Bordeaux.

On the nose, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, baked strawberries and notes of blackberries. Black cherry cola, saddle-wood, limestone minerals, graphite, crushed, dry rocks, stones, hints of; vanilla, clove & very light cinnamon. Dark rich soil, dry stones, anise, fresh & dry red and dark flowers.

The body is not quite full. The tannins are round, soft and well resolved, 65%. The structure, tension, length and balance are peaking. Ripe & slight ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, baked strawberries and notes of blackberries. Black cherry cola, saddle-wood, dark spice, dry stems, mint, limestone minerals, slightly moist clay, graphite, charcoal ash, crushed, dry rocks, stones, tobacco with ash, hints of; vanilla, clove & very light cinnamon. Dark rich soil, dry stones, anise, fresh & dry red and dark flowers. The acidity is quite nice. The long finish is; ripe & ruby, elegant, well polished & balanced and lasts minutes.

It’s just short of its peak and will drink well for another 8–10 years.

Photos of; the majesty of Chateau Cos d’ Estournel, library cellar, see through floor barrel room and the back terrace and grounds of the Chateau.

This is the second wine of Cos d’ Estournel, Les Pagodes De Cos. I find it’s a good idea not only to buy first wines of Bordeaux in good vintages but, also buy the hell out of 2nd wines of good producers as it’s a close relative of their first wine for a lot less money 💰. 2005 was a marquee vintage in Bordeaux.

On the nose, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, baked strawberries and notes of blackberries. Black cherry cola, saddle-wood, limestone minerals, graphite, crushed, dry rocks, stones, hints of; vanilla, clove & very light cinnamon. Dark rich soil, dry stones, anise, fresh & dry red and dark flowers.

The body is not quite full. The tannins are round, soft and well resolved, 65%. The structure, tension, length and balance are peaking. Ripe & slight ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, baked strawberries and notes of blackberries. Black cherry cola, saddle-wood, dark spice, dry stems, mint, limestone minerals, slightly moist clay, graphite, charcoal ash, crushed, dry rocks, stones, tobacco with ash, hints of; vanilla, clove & very light cinnamon. Dark rich soil, dry stones, anise, fresh & dry red and dark flowers. The acidity is quite nice. The long finish is; ripe & ruby, elegant, well polished & balanced and lasts minutes.

It’s just short of its peak and will drink well for another 8–10 years.

Photos of; the majesty of Chateau Cos d’ Estournel, library cellar, see through floor barrel room and the back terrace and grounds of the Chateau.

Sep 30th, 2018
Amer S. Ahmed

A very pretty St Estephe drinking well now. Cedar, vanilla, sweet tobacco, black cherry, blackcurrant, prune, violet, blackberries, anise, and smoke round out the nose and palate. A bit more closed on the nose than palate, which rounded out with fine tannins. Shorter finish than expected but overall a lovely match with ribeye.

A very pretty St Estephe drinking well now. Cedar, vanilla, sweet tobacco, black cherry, blackcurrant, prune, violet, blackberries, anise, and smoke round out the nose and palate. A bit more closed on the nose than palate, which rounded out with fine tannins. Shorter finish than expected but overall a lovely match with ribeye.

Jul 22nd, 2018
Tobin Trevarthen

Wonderful complement to a paella making evening. Smooth. Big cherry and plum flavors.

Wonderful complement to a paella making evening. Smooth. Big cherry and plum flavors.

Apr 1st, 2018
Tobin Trevarthen

A nice 2nd label wine from Cos. Rich and nice structure. Approachable. 65% Cab, 33% Merlot. 2% Petit Verdot.

A nice 2nd label wine from Cos. Rich and nice structure. Approachable. 65% Cab, 33% Merlot. 2% Petit Verdot.

Mar 20th, 2018