The Château Cos d'Estournel is a vineyard of 67 hectares, located in Saint-Estephe in the Gironde. Cos d'Estournel is an AOC in the Medoc which is part of the Saint-Estephe appellation and classed a Second Growth in the official classification of Medoc wines in 1855. The vines are 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. The vineyards spread over thirty plots that average 35 years old. The Château Cos d'Estournel also produces a second wine called Les Pagodes de Cos, from vines aged less than twenty years.
We suggest the Château Cos d'Estournel 1971, the 1982 vintage and wines of 1985. Then, we suggest the Cos d'Estournel 2000 and Cos d'Estournel 2003 like the 2005 and 2009 vintage wines. Finally, the Château Cos d'Estournel 2010 are exceptional.
The "Cos" in Gascon means hill of stones. The Château Cos d'Estournel is located on a mound of clay mixed with limestone. The excess of stone, specific to Cos, therefore forces the vines to plunge deeper to draw its nees from the soil. Lack of water makes great wines and the wines of Cos benefit very well. They are densely planted at 9000 vines / ha. Harvesting is done manually. The assembly of Cos varies annually. Full maturity of Cos wines is only achieved after 10-30 years, with exceptional longevity for the best years. A neighbor of Château Lafite Rothschild, Cos is a great wine in the classic tradition of the most prestigious Bordeaux of the Medoc. The winery produces 200 000-380 000 bottles per year...