2019 Château Cos d'Estournel £684 IB per six & 2019 Pagodes de Cos £372 IB per dozWednesday, June 3
"...a vinous masterpiece in the making. 97-99 points." - Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate
Following on from the releases of Pontet-Canet and Palmer, this morning sees the release of another of major estate, Château Cos d'Estournel. Released at £684 per 6 bottles in bond, this continues the pricing trend so far, a reduction of 23% on last year's release. The 2018 was described as one of the 'wines of the vintage'. Her barrel score range for the 2019 is just one point shy of the '18, making this seem very good value.
strong>2019 Pagodes de Cos is also released this morning, at around 13% below the 2018 price. This mini-trend for pricing reductions is all the more welcome because, as far as we can tell from our tastings so far, the quality in 2019 could we equal that of 2018.
As new cask samples arrive with us, we continue to find a freshness and balance which characterises the vintage. Tasting recent vintages of Pagodes de Cos gives a strong impression of really serious winemaking intent. At just £372 per dozen bottles in bond and with 92-94 points from Lisa Perotti-Brown, we think this is a wine you should be opening and enjoying on a regular basis.
Please let us know if you would like to add either wine to your cellar. You will also find all of our recent offers below. Palmer has now sold out, but we expect more significant releases later this week.
2019 Château Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe Grand Cru Classé
"The 2019 Cos d'Estournel was picked from 23 September to 7 October at 43hl/ha and matured in a judicious 55% new oak. It marks a serious and tangible upgrade over the Les Pagodes as you would expect: far more intensity, more fruit and complexity. It delivers gorgeous, very pure scents of blackberry, raspberry, crushed stone and just a hint of truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins, pitch perfect acidity and a satin-like texture. One of the most harmonious Cos d'Estournel that I have encountered in barrel and, though it is not quite touching the same ethereal level, it reminds me of the 2016 towards the finish. Utterly divine. 96-98 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"Harvest for the grand vin began on the 23rd of September and finished on the 7th of October. Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot (with no Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc this year), yields for this wine in 2019 were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and it is aging in 55% new oak. It came in at an alcohol level of 14.02% and an IPT of 67. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cos d'Estournel soars out of the glass with vibrant black raspberries, Black Forest cake and crushed blackcurrants scents plus nuances of red roses, wild sage, dark chocolate and cast-iron pan with a waft of woodsmoke. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut, muscular and built like a skyscraper, with firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the concentrated black fruit flavors, finishing with incredible length and depth. This wine so beautifully, clearly captures the juxtaposition between the periods of dry heat and those hallelujah moments of refreshing rain - the hallmarks of this great vintage. It's a vinous masterpiece in the making. 97-99+ points." Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate
"A very powerful and structured Cos. It’s full and layered, but not overpowering in terms of fruit. It’s more about the abundant, very fine tannins. It’s a classic wine with historical grip and power. Real Bordeaux. Sophisticated and provocative. 98-99 points." James Suckling
2019 Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe
"The 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos has an intriguing bouquet that takes time to settle in the glass. When it finally does, it reveals well-defined blackberry, raspberry and briary aromas, a touch of undergrowth/damp moss too. Where it really delivers is on the elegant palate framed by fine-boned tannins and a fine bead of acidity. A Pauillac-like, pencil lead tinged finish, that dare I say, is reminiscent of Lafite-Rothschild! This is well worth seeking out. 92-94 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"The 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos (14.03% alcohol) is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aging in 20% new barriques. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, notions of wild blueberries, boysenberries and redcurrant jelly come bounding out of the glass, followed by a profound core of warm cassis, licorice and bouquet garni with a touch of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with bright, expressive black and red fruit flavors, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing on a lingering spicy note. 92-94 points." Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate
"This is really minerally and salty with spices, such as cloves. Full-bodied, yet tight and beautiful. Chewy, yet focused and bright. Very integrated. Hard not to drink. 94-95 points." James Suckling