Chateau Cos d'Estournel Les Pagodes de Cos 2016

Chateau Cos d'Estournel Les Pagodes de Cos 2016

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Louis Gaspard d'Estournel founded the estate in 1811. The most notable facts from the ownership of Louis Gaspard was that he did not sell his wines through the traditional Bordeaux Negoiciant System. He preferred to sell his wines direct to consumers. The second fact was Cos d'Estournel was one of the first Chateau to estate bottle their wine. Although Chateau du Tertre was partial estate bottled in the 17th century, Cos d'Estournel was on a large scale. In 1852 Louis Gaspard died and a member of the Charmolue family purchased the estate. The Charmolue family owned Chateau Montrose at that time. In 1917 Fernand Ginestet purchased the property where it remained until 1998. Today Michel Reybier owns the Cos.

Pagodes de Cos, first released in the 1994 vintage, is Vinified to be more accessible in its youth. Mainly using younger vines, It is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46.5% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

"The second wine of the estate is no slouch. The 2016 Pagodes de Cos has some grand vin character in its cassis and graphite aromas and flavors. Showing more incense, graphite, and hints of flowers with air time, this medium to full-bodied, rounded, beautifully textured effort is well worth a case purchase. Drink this beauty, the equal to most estates’ top wines, while you wait on the grand vin to come around." -93pts, Jeb Dunnuck

Wine Spectator: 91
This has good energy, with a light briar note through the mix of raspberry, plum and cherry paste flavors. Subtle chalk and iron streaks add texture and cut on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2031. 18,333 cases made.
Wine Advocate: 92
The 2016 Les Pagodes de Cos is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46.5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and a splash of Cabernet Franc, delivering 13.02% alcohol and matured in 30% new oak. It has an intense bouquet with aromas of blackcurrant, bilberry, graphite and a touch of sea salt (just a nod to the Gironde Estuary perhaps?). The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, quite sleek in the mouth with plenty of black fruit tinged with graphite. It has a little more persistence compared to the 2015 Pagodes last year from barrel, very harmonious with a twist of bitter black cherry and tobacco on the finish. Very finedrink from two or three years in bottle.
Decanter: 92
This is a serious wine representing 55% of the overall production, with the other 45% in Cos ('not one drop into a third wine or bulk' says director Aymeric de Gironde). Extremely dark black cassis fruits and graphite show the power of St-Estèphe clays. Fresh, bright and well structured (3.61pH, 65IPT), this is bristling with fruit and silky tannins, and may even close down for a few years. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46.5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 0.6% Cabernet Franc from vines averaging 35 years old, aged in 30% new oak. Drinking Window 2023 - 2040.
Wine Enthusiast: 95
The tannins are really deceptive in this wine. It is sumptuous and elegant at the same time. The black currant fruit and acidity are a foil for the powerful tannic structure. Balanced and rich in fruit, it is ready for some serious, but not too long, aging.
Vinous: 92
The 2016 Les Pagodes de Cos is matured in 30% new oak. It has an intense bouquet for a deuxième vin, featuring blackberry, bilberry, light cedar and graphite aromas, quite Pauillac in style. The medium-bodied palate is fresh and vigorous though not deep, displaying fine tannin and exerting a gentle grip. There is a symmetry about this Les Pagodes, which is longer than other vintages, with just a hint of graphite and cracked black pepper on the finish. Excellent. 13.02% alcohol.
James Suckling: 94
A red with very deep and intense fruit character, yet rich tannins to back it all up. Full-bodied, layered and powerful. The second wine of Cos d’Estournel is serious again in 2016. Try from 2025.