Peachy on the nose, with hints of lemon curd and toasted spices. The palate is round and lightly oily, with ripe citrus and stone fruits at the core. Well balanced with a savoury edge of spice, this is long, ripe and polished.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The 2018 Cos d’Estournel Blanc is a large step up from the Pagodes de Cos Blanc, mainly thanks to the larger contribution of Sémillon at one-third of the blend. It has a fresh bouquet with honeysuckle and yellow flower aromas, though it perhaps does not possess the amplitude of the previous vintage. The palate is rounded and candied on the entry with orange pith and light apricot notes, a pinch of spice on the finish. That said, again, comparing it to the 2017 it does not quite have the same tension and mineralité. Still, it should be an enjoyable white Bordeaux to drink over the next 10-12 years. Drink 2020-2030.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
A blend of 67% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Sémillon aging in 7% new barriques (13.88% alcohol), the Cos d'Estournel 2018 Blanc is a little closed to begin, opening out to energetic white peach, pink grapefruit and green guava notes plus touches of honeyed toast, orange blossom and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with exotic fruit and stone fruit layers, marked by a seriously refreshing line and finishes long and honey laced.
|Score: 92/94||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is very powerful and tangy with driven acidity and freshness. Full-bodied yet layered and bright. Tight center palate. One of my favorite whites of the vintage.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Cos d'Estournel Blanc reflects a move to give the Blanc more Sémillon than in the past. Creamy and ample in feel, the 2018 offers superb richness and class from start to finish. Sémillon adds mid-palate texture and slightly richer shades to the fruit, but the wine remains Sauvignon Blanc-driven in its energy and brightness. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and crushed rocks lead into the finely sculpted finish. The blend is 67% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Sémillon.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
67% Sauvigon Blanc, 33% Sémillon. Barrel sample.
More subdued on the nose than the white Pagodes but a little more complex: touch of creamy oak and spice and fresh grapefruit but also a richer note from the Sémillon. On the palate, tense and fresh, moderate intensity with clean-cut citrus and a dry, lightly grippy texture. Long and serious, direct, freshness over concentration. (JH)
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Cos D'Estournel Blanc includes slightly more Sémillon and is 67% Sauvignon and 33% Sémillon brought up all in barrel, with just 7% being new. Richer notes of crushed citrus, tart peach, white flowers, and salty minerality all emerge from this beauty. It's medium to full-bodied, clean, nicely concentrated, and has a great finish. It's one of the richer whites in the vintage, yet it stays vibrant and racy, with beautiful acidity. Bravo.
|Score: 93/95||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(67 Sauvignon Blanc, 33 Semillon) | 7% new oak | 13.8% alc | 31 hl/ha Lovely and balanced and more density and depth than I expected. There is a lot of gras here and it will repay those who are patient, and there is a serious weight of fruit and it is not going to run out of energy for a while. The Semillon percentage means that there is a lot of power and nuttiness and nougat in the core of this wine.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|