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Les Pagodes de Cos 2019

Les Pagodes de Cos 2019

34,00 / unit

2ème Grand Cru Classé de 1855 – Saint-Estèphe

“The Pagodes de Cos d’Estournel have abundant aromas of blackcurrant cream and floral notes mixed with woody and spicy scents. Juicy, succulent and remarkably fresh and well-defined, it deserves special attention from consumers. »
Robert Parker

The second wine of Château Cos d’Estournel, the Pagodes de Cos allow lovers of young wines to have a superb first approach to the great super second of Saint-Estèphe.

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History

In 1791, on the death of his father, Louis Joseph Gaspard Lacoste de Maniban, Marquis d'Estournel, inherited at the age of 29 the family property located in the southern part of Saint-Estèphe, in the locality of Cos, a word of Gascon origin meaning "hill of stones". A man of passion, he will devote his life to it, not hesitating to defy convention to improve his wines. His success was dazzling, allowing him to export to faraway places, notably India, earning him the nickname of "Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe". In 1830, to celebrate his success, he surmounted his cellars of Chinese pagodas, which were to become the exotic image of Cos, and had a seventeenth-century gate from a palace in Zanzibar. The Reybier family, who are now the owners, perpetuate this taste for innovation, notably with the installation in 2008 of the very first gravity-fed Bordeaux winery, so that from the reception of the harvest to bottling, the entire process takes place without the slightest pump!

Terroir

Cos in Gascony means hill of pebbles. Cos d'Estournel is therefore placed on a heap of gravel mixed with calcareous clay. This excess of gravel, specific to Cos, forces the vine to plunge its roots deeper to draw its needs from the soil. Making the vine suffer gives great wines and Cos does it very well. The grape varieties are 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and a few percent Cabernet Franc. The vines are spread over about thirty plots and have an average age of 35 years. They are planted in high density at 9,000 vines per hectare.

Vinification

Second wine, it is produced from the vine in the cellar with the same care and essentially the same means as the great wine, but from the youngest vines, most of them less than 20 years old, vines which a few years later will produce the great wine. The grapes are harvested by hand in small crates. After a demanding sorting process, the vinification is carried out in the new gravity-fed cellar using 72 thermo-regulated stainless steel vats from 19 to 155 hl. All the handling is carried out without any pumping and by gravity using four 100 hl lift vats. The wine is aged for 12 months in stave oak barrels (40 to 50% new).

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Classement

2ème Grand Cru Classé de 1855

Culture

Raisonnée

Grape variety

69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot

Vineyard size

15 hectares

Annual production

80 000 bouteilles

Harvest

Manuelles

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Volume

75 cl

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