This shows an enchanting nose of roses, violets and other flowers. It's also fruity but very subtle. A full-body, super-structured red with an excellent backbone of ripe yet firm tannins. Goes on for minutes. Don’t touch for five or six years. Try in 2019.
Probably the best second wine ever made at Cos (although the 2009 should not be discounted), the 2010 Les Pagodes de Cos is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot finishing at 14% natural alcohol. This wine exhibits beautiful, silky tannins as well as sweet, rich mulberry and black currant fruit with hints of spring flowers, licorice and subtle toast. A full-bodied, opulent and -ideal- second wine, most people who have tasted it would probably agree that it is actually better than many vintages of Cos d-Estournel from the 1960s and 1970s. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
These are two terrific wines from Cos d'Estournel. Proprietor Michel Reybier will have to continue his great success over the next decade without his top lieutenant, Jean-Guillaume Prats, who has taken another job, but the estate seems to be in superlative condition, and at the very top of its game.
Bright loganberry and blackberry fruit pumps along, while hints of licorice root, singed apple wood and charcoal chime in on the finish. Pleasantly firm, open and accessible, this is engaging and lively but a bit shy on stuffing overall. Drink now through 2023.
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot. Not very open-knit – has a certain lightness and simplicity that doesn’t seem in line with the cost. Very dark fruit. Richard Hemming MW
The 2010 Pagodes de Cos d'Estournel is a deep ruby purple, with aromas of cedar, roasted meat, spices, and ripe plums, followed by very fresh and vibrant blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, supple tannins and some spicy notes on the finish. This is balanced style of Pagodes de Cos, with full rich flavours and nice depth. Nearly 40% Merlot. Tasted by Jeannie Cho Lee in 2011
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