2020 Château Cos d'Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

The 2020 Cos d'Estournel is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, aged in 55% new barrels. Its label commemorated 200 years of the estate, and 20 years of the ownership of Michel Reybier.

Critic score
97/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£182.68
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£1,096.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château Cos d'Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

TASTING NOTES

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 and 38% merlot.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (June 2021)
97—98/100

Purple-black colour to the rim. Deep and dense (like an endless pool) but aromatically restrained. Some cassis with aeration. Big and bold with marked tension and supercharged but finely hewn tannins. Enough fruit to provide unctuosity. Fresh, dry and saline through to the finish. Powerful but sculpted. Very long ageing.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2021)
18.5/20

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.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(95—97)/100

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).

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
97/100
Château Cos d'Estournel

Second Growth Château Cos d’Estournel is one of the leading wines in St-Estèphe. It came to prominence when Louis Gaspard-d’Estournel took ownership in the 19th century and through his interest in the overseas market and love of adventure, brought it to the attention of British royalty, the Tsar of Russia and customers in the Far East. British Army Officers stationed in India were enjoying Cos d’Estournel in the mid-1800s. Louis, known as the ‘Maharajah de St-Estèphe’, built the fascinating oriental-style pagodas and infused the château and winery with an eclectic mix of styles and influences, many of which can be seen today. The estate lies on a south-facing ridge, in the south of the appellation, and is separated from Château Lafite by little more than a stream - the Jalle du Breuil. Today, Michel Reybier heads the estate and from his inauguration in 2000, has led an extensive study into the unique terrain of the vineyards and installed a state-of-the-art gravity-led winery.

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