Les Pagodes de Cos 2016 - A.O.C Saint-Estèphe
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The 2016 Les Pagodes de Cos is blended of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46.5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Cabernet Franc. It has a deep garnet-purple color and opens with notions of warm cassis, black cherries and smoked meats giving way to scents of charcoal, underbrush and cloves plus a waft of new leather. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with generous black fruits and some compelling red fruit sparks, supported by ripe, grainy tannins and finishing long and spicy.
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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.
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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.
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The brightness and focus to this second wine of Cos are certainly impressive. You can see the quality. Full body, a tight and focused palate and beautiful fruit and density. Ultra-fine tannins. Gorgeous. Sophisticated.
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50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46.5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Picked 26 September to 15 October. Fresh, muscular, racy nose. Sweet start – really rather flirtatious! Racy and elegant. But not for the long term.
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Le vignoble de Cos s’étend aujourd’hui sur 91 hectares. Sur les graves maigres des sommets et sur les versants sud, les Cabernet Sauvignon (60% du vignoble) trouvent leurs sols d’élection. Sur les pentes est et sur les côtes où le socle calcaire de Saint-Estèphe affleure, les Merlots (40% du vignoble) excellent. Le pourcentage de Cabernet ou de Merlot dans chaque millésime varie bien sûr selon le climat de l’année qui favorise tour à tour l’un ou l’autre. Pour obtenir l’allongement ligneux et le faible rendement par pied qui donneront le ‘Grand Goût’, la plantation est dense (8.000 à 10.000 pieds à l’hectare selon les parcelles) et l’âge moyen du vignoble élevé (35 ans environ). Seuls les vins provenant de vignes de plus de vingt ans porteront le nom de Château Cos d’Estournel. - LA TRADITION DU TRAVAIL MANUEL - Chaque vigneron a la responsabilité personnelle de 45.000 pieds de vigne dont il assume chaque année tous les soins. Ces façons culturales sont pour l’essentiel manuelles. La vendange est bien sûr elle aussi manuelle et c’est à la main que les raisins, recueillis dans des cagettes spéciales, seront rigoureusement triés.

Louis Gaspard d'Estournel The Maharajah of Saint Estèphe

Born in 1762 under Louis XV and died in 1853 under Napoleon III, at the then remarkable age of 91, Louis Joseph Gaspard Lacoste of Maniban Marquis d'Estournel had only one passion: Cos. Having inherited some vineyards near the village of Cos, he recognizes, in 1811, the quality of their wine and decides to vinify them separately. Very quickly, the wine of COS D'ESTOURNEL exceeds the most prestigious courses of wines and is exported to the Indies. Louis became 'the Maharajah of St. Estèphe'. To celebrate his distant conquests, he surmounted his cellars of exotic pagodas, gave Cos dazzling feasts and offered to the great of this world precious bottles of Cos, 'return of India'. In 1852, bending under the weight of debts incurred to extend and embellish his estate, Louis had to sell Cos to the London banker MARTYNS. Authorized by MARTYNS to remain on the lands he had loved so much, he died there in 1853, two years before the supreme consecration of his work: the imperial classification of 1855 which brought COS D'ESTOURNEL tops the Saint-Estèphe. In 1869 Martyns sold COS D'ESTOURNEL to aristocrats of Spanish origin, the Errazu, who sold it back in 1889 to the Hostein brothers. In 1917, COS D'ESTOURNEL was bought by Fernand Ginestet, big figure of the Bordeaux trade. His grandsons Jean-Marie, Yves and Bruno PRATS inherited it. The Château COS D'ESTOURNEL belongs today and since 2000 to Mr Michel REYBIER who, under the sign of durability, the quest for excellence through work, wished to continue the avant-garde work begun by Louis Gaspard d'Estournel.

Les Pagodes de Cos , "Second Wine" of Cos d'Estournel 

Les Pagodes de Cos are, strictly speaking, the "Second Wine" of Cos d'Estournel. The vines which produce it will give in a few years the "Grand Vin" of the Grand Cru Classé of 1855. They belong to the same terroir and receive the same care. They are just younger and their roots go deeper into the grave. Powerful, very aromatic, long in the mouth, with a very persistent finish, "Les Pagodes de Cos" is a wine of refinement and pleasure, to be tasted in the ten years following its bottling at the château in a classic vintage. The 2010 vintage offers even more power and aging potential, and this wine will find a special place in the cellar of an amateur passionate about beautiful complex wines.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Cos d'Estournel
  • Type of wine
    Second wine
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    64 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    35 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    40% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2023 and 2036
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Second wine) from Saint-Estèphe is made with a vineyard that has an area of 64 hectares by Château Cos d'Estournel. The average age of the vines is 35 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 40% of new barrels.


Located on the edge of the Gironde estuary, the Saint-Estèphe appellation is located around 50 km north of Bordeaux. Its location between the sea and the estuary gives it a mild climate, concretized by thermal regulation, good sunshine and a mixing of the winds, all of which are beneficial to the proper ripening of the grapes. It seems that vines were already planted on the territory of Saint-Estèphe in Roman times.
From the Middle Ages, the vineyard took off thanks to English traders who came to buy their wine in the port of Bordeaux. From the XVIIth century, the drainage of the marshy lands made it possible to further enlarge the surfaces.