2018 Château Cos d’Estournel, 2ème Grand Cru Classé Saint-Estèphe is now released.
Château Cos d’Estournel is the star of St Estephe that competes with the quality of some 1st growths. Founded in the 19th century, today Michel Reybier owns the estate, and is innovating using detailed technical analysis and using isothermal vats to allow homogeneous extraction during fermentation. A higher percentage of Merlot is found in the Cos blend compared with the rest of the Haut-Medoc, and this helps produce fleshy and richly textured wines
The 91 hectares of vines are planted with two third of Cabernet Sauvignon, but also Merlot and a small proportion of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with an average of 45 years old vines. The wines are aged for 18 months in 80% new oak.
While this ambitiously priced release of Cos d’Estournel places it only below the 2009 and 2010, and roughly in line with the 2016 vintage in the market, it doesn’t appear out of place, given that this is most probably amongst the top three wines ever produced at this legendary Chateaux. In a vintage that sometimes struggles to find the right balance of acidity and structure, Cos d’Estournel hits it out of the park. This will be a truly fascinating wine to follow over the next 50 to 100 years and is likely to become a benchmark, not just for the property, or the appellation, but for Bordeaux.
Offered for sale ‘En Primeur’ under bond. Price shown is per case (6x75cl bottles) and excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales.
Our first tasting visit on the 1st April, one’s never sure if it’s a positive or a negative to start with one of the best wines of the vintage. Does it give unrealistic expectations for the vintage, or does it allow a proper standard to be set? Either way, the wine was rarely bettered throughout the rest of the week. Wonderfully intense nose, rich plum, touch of mineral and saline on the perfumed nose. Black pepper, prune and strawberry. There’s a superb level of depth to the fruit with a wonderful balance of savory. Powerful but with great poise, it’s not obvious or overbearing, it has such a beautiful freshness and cool fruit profile. Ripe, rich and perfect balance, black cherry, raspberries, with a finish that just goes on, chocolate and leather mingle afterwards. Superb.- 19 pts Davy's Wine Merchant
The beautiful integration of ripe fruit and ripe tannins gives the wine a layered and agile mouthfeel. Soft and gorgeous with silky tannins that really kick in at the finish and carry the wine for a long time.- 98 pts James Suckling