The estate of Château Cos d'Estournel sits right on the southern border of the Saint-Estèphe appellation; just down the road lies Château Lafite Rothschild, in the neighbouring Pauillac commune.
Founded by 1810 by Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel, the estate has changed ownership many times in the following 200 years. Cos d'Estournel is currently owned by entrepreneur Michel Reybier.
The 70-hectare, 30-parcel vineyard is planted mainly with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (40%), with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Around 32,000 cases are produced each year. The wines from Cos d'Estournel are typically more Merlot-rich than other classified wines of the Left Bank.
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (93)
The 1996 possesses an opaque purple colour, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young Cos d'Estournels I have ever tasted, this thick, structured, tannic wine has closed down significantly since bottling. It requires 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last for 30-35 years. It is a fabulous Cos, but patience is required.
Stephen Tanzer – International Wine cellar (94)
Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, liquorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with thoroughly ripe, noble cabernet tannins. Superb.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Age of Vines||35 years old|
|Vinification||3 weeks' maceration and fermentation in stainless-steel tanks|
|Elevage||18 months in oak casks (80% new oak), no filtration|
|Soil Type||Sandy gravel and limestone|