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Advent Calendar 2019

2014 Cos d'Estournel Blanc

Château Cos d'Estournel · St. Estephe · Bordeaux · France

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James Suckling
This is so dense and layered with complex dried-pineapple, stone and cooked-apple character. Mineral undertones. ...
Grape Variety: 66% Sauvignon Blanc 34% Sémillon
Classification: AOC
28 in stock
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    28 in stock
    CHF 226.15
CHF 226.15
  • CHF 226.15 VAT included
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2014 · Cos d'Estournel Blanc · Château Cos d'Estournel · St. Estephe · Bordeaux · France ·

Reviews & Ratings

Average Critic Score
92.5
This is so dense and layered with complex dried-pineapple, stone and cooked-apple character. Mineral undertones. Full and powerful with a lightly salty finish. Enormous wine yet always fresh. 66% sauvignon blanc and 24% semillon. Better to drink in 2020 but fantastic now. 8000 bottles made
James Suckling
Fresh notes of tropical fruits such as pineapple and passion fruit, but also complex with other notes of white peach and flint. Rich and round but very well balanced, very long finish but elegant too. Personally was love at first sight!
ARVI Head Sommelier
Mouthwatering from the start, offering a vibrant quinine note followed by salted butter, lemon pith and talc notes. A flash of lemon gelée on finish gives this just enough weight to offset the bracing feel. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2019. 717 cases made
Wine Spectator
The 2014 Cos d'Estournel Blanc has not built upon the "minimalist bouquet" as I described it during en primeur, and perhaps I was hoping it would develop a bit more personality. The palate is well balanced although the oak does impede a little on the entry. The varietal expression of the Sauvignon Blanc seems to be fighting against the oak regime, which makes me think that this would be better eschewing new wood entirely rather than the admittedly modest 15% of new oak? One to ponder.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
James Suckling
ARVI Head Sommelier
Wine Spectator
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Grape variety Grape variety
66% Sauvignon Blanc
34% Sémillon
Sub-region Sub-region St. Estephe
Alcohol content Alcohol content 13.5 %
Classification Classification AOC
Château Cos d'Estournel

Château Cos d'Estournel

Producing some of the greatest wines in the Médoc, Château Cos d'Estournel is undoubtedly the premier estate in Saint-Estèphe. The all-encompassing 91-hectares of vineyards surround the majestic, almost oriental domaine on the hill of Cos. Founder, Louis Gaspard d’Estournel was better known as “the Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe” in the 1800s because of his distant conquests, with his wines reaching as far as India. He built these exotic pagodas we see today in celebration of his successes. The property currently belongs to French multi-millionaire Michel Reybier, who has upheld the founding values of excellence and has pushed forth the quality even more so since 2000. Reybier’s impressive investments in cutting-edge technologies has brought the estate to new heights. The prominent vinification techniques include must-concentration, malolactic in barrel and new oak for ageing. The Cos d’Estournel is an age-worthy robust but harmonious wine that builds in intensity and complexity with ten years’ time. The second wine was initially labeled Marbuzet, which itself is a Cru Bourgeois, but it is now bottled as Les Pagodes de Cos. In 1852, he had to sell due to his overwhelming debts. The château was then sold twice more before the Ginestet family purchased it in 1917. Their ancestors, the Prats family retained it until 2000 when they sold it to Michel Reybier, a French multi-millionaire, who has spent considerable sums to carry forth Louis Gaspard d'Estournel's original avant garde style and to push forth the quality of the wine. Today, it arguably produces the grandest wine in St. Estèphe though some would argue that neighbouring Montrose surpasses it. ...

Grapes

An aromatic variety that produces some of the world’s most exceptional dry whites as well as some of its greatest dessert wines. As a dry wine, such as Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé from France’s Loire Valley, it often displays what wine connoisseurs describe as « cat pee on a gooseberry bush » due to its notable grassy characteristics. In New Zealand, its most famous home outside of France, it often displays riper notes of tropical fruits such as mango and passion fruit. While Bordeaux often uses it as the main variety in its white blends, Sauvignon Blanc also works well and is susceptible to noble rot, helping create some of the region’s finest Sauternes. ...
A grape variety that is far more known behind the scenes than on centre stage, Sémillon produces some of the world’s greatest wines, most notably Sauternes from estates such as Château d’Yquem and Château Climens. Notably susceptible to botrytis (aka « noble rot »), it sheds its shy personality for one of exoticism, revealing notes of honeyed truffle, dried mango and lemongrass. As a dry wine in many of the white Bordeaux blends, it exhibits an ample palate of discreet flavours, including beeswax and pear. It is also known outside of France, most notably in bottlings from Hunter Valley, Australia. These wines are completely different with crisp acidity, tightly wound flavours and lowish-moderate alcohol. Cellaring is necessary in order to coax them out of their shell. ...
66% Sauvignon Blanc
34% Sémillon
Saint-Estèphe

Saint-Estèphe

The most northerly “cru” of the Médoc, St Estèphe is located due south of the northern tip of the Médoc appellation. Though it is not home to any First Growth (though some of Château Lafite’s vineyards are also found in St. Estèphe’s borders – they have a special dispensation), it has long been famous for its excellent wines. Its two most important Châteaux are Second Growths Montrose and Cos d’Estournel, but other excellent estates also call St. Estèphe home such as Calon-Ségur, Lafon-Rochet and Phélan-Ségur. Its soil is slightly different from other appellations in the Médoc in that it has more clay. While this often allows a higher percentage of Merlot, the soil also produces notably burly wines with firm tannins that are capable of ageing many years. In richer vintages, the addition of Merlot can add a marked difference to its alcohol and texture when compared to neighbouring Pauillac. ...

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