Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estephe 2014

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The 2014 Pagodes de Cos of Château Cos d'Estournel is one of the best Pagodes de Cos of the last decade. The second wine of Château Cos d’Estournel, Les Pagodes de Cos is meant to be a charming wine with its own character, expressing the terroir of the Cos d'Estournel vineyard, both in finesse and depth. Named for the Asia/India-inspired towers (pagodas) that were built upon the Château by an owner of Cos who loved India, Les Pagodes is not only a terrific value, it is a great wine in its own right. The estate has produced Les Pagodes since 1994, in which they emphasize parcels with clay soils for Pagodes, versus emphasizing gravel soils for the first wine of Cos.

Cos d'Estournel is a classified Second Growth planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc with old vines averaging 40+ years. This château sits on a ridge immediately north of the Pauillac border, looking down on its neighbor, Lafite Rothschild. The unusually high percentage of Merlot (by Haut-Médoc standards) accounts for the fleshy, supple and rich texture of the wine.

Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Estephe
Brand Les Pagodes de Cos
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorShows good flesh, with a core of plum, raspberry and blackberry paste flavors, underscored by racier pebble and savory notes. Delivers briary energy throughout. Best from 2018 through 2028.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2017
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Les Pagodes de Cos, now in bottle, seems to be wasting no time in appeasing those who like to drink their Bordeaux young. (And why not? This is a deuxième vin after all.) The nose is open and generous with blackberry fruit tinged with dark chocolate and a touch of mint, the graphite element not evident here as it was in barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very well-judged acidity and very fine focus. Like the Grand Vin, this is not an exotic or flamboyant Cos d'Estournel, but no way would you describe it as lean. There is an easy-drinking approachable nature to this Les Pagodes de Cos, without precluding it of precision and length, whilst the graphite note pops up right at the finish and on the aftertaste. This delightful wine should be drinking from 2018 and over the next decade.

Neal Martin, February 28, 2017