Chateau Cos D'Estournel

Review of the Estate

Château Cos d'Estournel is a winery in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. It is also the name of the red wine produced by this property. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

Château Cos d'Estournel produces the eponymous grand vin, the second wine since the 1994 vintage, Les Pagodes de Cos from the estate's younger vines, as well as Château Marbuzet from fruit of nearby plots. The property is adjacent to Château Lafite-Rothschild in the neighbouring commune of Pauillac.

In 1811, Louis Gaspard d’Estournel decided to make wine from a few hectares of vines that he had inherited and Château Cos d’Estournel was born. Classified as a Deuxième Cru Classé in 1855, exports of this prestigious wine eventually reached as far as Southeast Asia, which inspired long-time Sinophile Louis to erect the unique and recognisable stone pagodas which still stand over the estate’s cellars. Unfortunately, due to surmounting debts, Louis Gaspard eventually had to sell Chateau Cos Destournel, but his name has endured to this day.

During subsequent decades the estate underwent several ownership changes. However, the most significant improvements to the property were made during the tenure of Bruno Prats, who headed the estate from the late 1980’s through to 1998. Along with his son (and current estate manager) Jean-Guillaume, Bruno modernised and improved both the facilities and winemaking practices.

In the old Gascon language of the region, Cos means ‘hill of pebbles’ and this accurately describes the soil composition of the estate’s vineyards - deep gravel over a limestone bed.

The vineyards at Chateua Cos D'Estournel are worked manually and the harvest is always done by hand. Only vines that are more than 20 years old are used for the Grand Vin, while vines which are younger are used for the estate’s second wine - Les Pagodes de Cos.

The château cellars were refurbished in 2009 and are now some of the most modern in Bordeaux – a feat of beautiful glass and steel engineering. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel, temperature controlled tanks and both pump-overs and racking are done by gravity. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel, of which 60 to 100% are new French oak. Chateau Cos D'Estorunel Grand Vin is aged for 18 months in barrel before bottling, while Les Pagodes de Cos is aged for 12 months.



Surface area: 158 acres

Grape Varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc 

Average age of vines: 35 years

Density of plantation: 8,000 - 10,000 vines per hectare

Average yields: 50 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 20,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 10-30 years


Chateau Cos D'Estournel Performance History Graph

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Cos D'Estournel Performance History Graph

Chateau Cos D'Estournel Wine List

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Point Score

Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1990 94
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1991 87
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1992 88
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1993 89
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1994 91
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1995 95
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1996 92+
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1997 87
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1998 88
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 1999 88
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2000 91
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2001 93
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2002 93
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2003 98
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2004 92
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2005 98
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2006 94
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2007 90
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2008 92
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2009 100
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2010 92
Chateau Cos D'Estournel 2011 92

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