Chateau Cos d’Estournel Rouge Reviews

Chateau Cos d'Estournel

 

Chateau Cos d’Estournel

 

 

2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Rouge 

Futures Pre-Sale Price $225.00

Delivery 11/01/.2023 

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

98 Pointz James Suckling

This is a very refined, polished Cos with superb finesse and length. Medium-to full-bodied, very fine, and persistent. Really long with beautiful tannins. Rich, but fresh and linear. Yet, the alcohol is around 13.5%. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. 

98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel is composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. The harvest took place September 10–24 with a yield of 39 hectoliters per hectare. The alcohol weighs in at 13.46% with a pH of 3.9 and an IPT (total phenolic index) of 80. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 55% new. Deep purple-black in color, it pops with explosive scents of ripe red and black currants, black cherry preserves and black raspberries, followed by sparks of violets, wild sage, pencil lead and clove oil, with emerging hints of iron ore and damp soil.

The medium-bodied palate has amazing elegance and grace contrasted by jaw-dropping energy, featuring a firm frame of finely grained tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a whole firework display of mineral nuances. I love the way this Cos d’Estournel shimmies and shines—a unique vintage signature expressed so beautifully at this estate! 

97 Pointz Decanter

You need to take a little time to let the concentrated flavours seep out, this is a long hauler. The tannins build slowly but surely through the palate, sombre and serious right now, particularly for an estate that is known for its exuberance. The opulence is there if you give it time, and as the tannins elongate and relax, richer notes of bilberry fruits, toasted cedar, salted chocolate, turmeric and black pepper spice arrives. Harvest September 10 to 24. A 3.9pH is the highest since 2003, but any threat of low acidity is balanced by high tannins, and relatively low alcohol. A yield of 39hl/ha (43hl/ha in 2019).

97 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel is a very different proposition to the Les Pagodes, more so than in other years. Much more intense on the nose of intense black fruit, it is beautifully defined, with enticing scents of blackberry, Dorset plum and topnotes of blueberry and briar. After 30 minutes in the glass, it develops more Saint-Estèphe-like traits: freshly tilled soil, cigar box and touches of warm gravel. There is an openness to these inviting aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins (so different from the “iron girders” of yore).

There is freshness and a sense of light in this Cos d’Estournel, though the backbone remains in situ on the cedar and mint finish (a nod to neighboring Pauillac, perhaps), then a lingering marine/seaweed note on the aftertaste. This is a finely crafted, very succinct Cos d’Estournel that may well be hiding something up its sleeve for after bottling, and I suspect it will gain more spine during its barrel aging. 

97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Powerful, ripe fruits show exceptional quality and a velvety character that’s allied to a ripe structure. With the freshness so typical of the vintage, the wine seems open and fruity but surprises with its density.

Chateau Cos d’Estournel Second Label

2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Pagodes de Cos Reviews

Futures Pre-Sale Price $48.00

Sold in Increments of 6 

Delivery 11/01/2023

94 Pointz James Suckling

This is a racy Pagodes with beautiful fruit and tannins that leave a nice, persistent finish. Medium to full body. Savory finish. Tight and clean. 

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos is composed of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place September 10–24 with a yield of 39 hectoliters per hectare. The alcohol weighs in at 13.28% with a pH of 3.85 and an IPT (total phenolic index) of 68. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 30% new.

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with pretty, open-knit scents of stewed black plums, boysenberries and warm cassis, plus savory hints of charcuterie, woodsmoke, black truffles and bouquet garni. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed with crunchy black fruit flavors and dried herbs accents, supported by bags of freshness and well-managed, grainy tannins, finishing with great length and a lively skip in its step. 

92 Pointz Decanter

Maintains both a spiced kick and creamy texture through the palate, giving form and character. Silky texture, with cinnamon and saffron-laden blackberry fruits. This is precise and confident with sweet and tender tannins, the power is almost hidden at this point but it is there. 38% of overall production. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

92 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos is very easy to like. Silky tannins and pretty, lifted aromatics play off a core of supple fruit. In most vintages, the Pagodes is perhaps a bit more exuberant. I am curious to see what things look like once the 2020 is in the bottle. 

Bonus Reviews

2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Blanc

Futures Pre-Sale Price $150.00 

Sold in Increments of 3

Delivery 11/01/2023 

A blend of 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon. 

99 Pointz James Suckling

A super white with dense mango, lemon and lime, as well as some clove and nutmeg. Full-bodied, really complete, and long. Sensational. So much potential here. 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon. 

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel Blanc is composed of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, with an alcohol of 14% and a pH of 3.15. The harvest took place August 31–September 10 with a yield of 24 hectoliters per hectare. It is aging in French oak barrels, 8% new. It bursts from the glass with vibrant notes of lime blossoms, fresh grapefruit and white peaches, plus hints of ripe pears and lemongrass with wafts of chalk dust and wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate is charged with intense citrus and stony flavors, supported by a seriously racy line of acidity, finishing long and minerally. 

95 Pointz Decanter

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.

93 Pointz Vinous

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.

 

2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Pagodes de Cos Blanc 

Futures Pre-Sale Price $48.00

Sold in Incrents of 6

Delivery 11/01/2023

A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. 

95 Pointz James Suckling

This is a really pretty second wine, showing a very contrastive palate of dried lemons and mangos with zingy acidity. Full-bodied and layered with a vivid finish. 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. 

93 Pointz Decanter

A strong buy signal from me in this vintage, far less serious and intellectual than the main estate white, this is perky and delicious and easy to drink. Full of creamy apricot and white peach, accented by white flowers and citrus peel. Reminds me of Les Hauts de Smith in terms of striking the right balance between exuberance and grip, and being extremely moreish. 3.15pH. Harvest began August 31, through to 10 September.

92 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos Blanc is surprising. Dense, creamy, and resonant, the 2020 is all class. Bright citrus and floral notes perk up lemon confit, white pepper, and mint flavors. The Pagodes Blanc is really quite impressive in its freshness.

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Cos d’Estournel’s 2020 Pagodes de Cos Blanc is composed of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, with an alcohol of 14.2% and a pH of 3.11. The harvest took place August 31–September 10 with a yield of 24 hectoliters per hectare. It is aging in French oak barrels, 8% new. It opens with compelling scents of green guava, yellow apple and pear tart, followed by hints of shaved almonds, nutmeg, and white pepper with a hint of crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate is clean and refreshing with bags of apple and pear-inspired flavors and a spicy kick to the finish.

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