Les Pagodes de Cos 2019

SubregionSt Estephe

Pagodes is the second wine of Cos d'Estournel and is, of course, made in the same stunning new winery as Cos itself. It is a more approachable version of the grand vin and usually of classed growth quality.


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Tasting Notes

The 2019 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot - all the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that normally go into Cos d'estournel are found in Pagodes this year. Bright ruby colour, with fleshy red fruits and a little sweet spice on the nose. The palate is one of juicy summer pudding, with sappy tannins framing a core of red fruits. Fresh and vibrant acididty cleanses the palate on this lithe and crunchy style of 2019.

Score: 15Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

The 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos has an intriguing bouquet that takes time to settle in the glass. When it finally does, it reveals well-defined blackberry, raspberry and briary aromas, a touch of undergrowth/damp moss too. Where it really delivers is on the elegant palate framed by fine-boned tannins and a fine bead of acidity. A Pauillac-like, pencil lead tinged finish, that dare I say, is reminiscent of Lafite-Rothschild! This is well worth seeking out. 2024 - 2040

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

The 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos (14.03% alcohol) is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aging in 20% new barriques. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, notions of wild blueberries, boysenberries and redcurrant jelly come bounding out of the glass, followed by a profound core of warm cassis, licorice and bouquet garni with a touch of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with bright, expressive black and red fruit flavors, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing on a lingering spicy note.

Score: 92/94Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Borde), June 2020

This is really minerally and salty with spices, such as cloves. Full-bodied, yet tight and beautiful. Chewy, yet focused and bright. Very integrated. Hard not to drink.

Score: 94/95James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020

The 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos is a powerful, tightly wound wine, its mid-weight structure notwithstanding. Grilled herbs, menthol, licorice, dried herbs and rose petal lend aromatic brightness. In this tasting, the 2019 comes across as a bit compact and nervous, which may be attributable to its recent racking . Even so, there is plenty of character. It will be interesting to see what time brings.

Score: 91/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

Plump blackberry fruits, velvety texture and evident tannins. An excellent wine that has sapidity and punch, a great combination that makes this extremely successful. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038

Score: 93Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample.
Poised, fresh and balanced with nothing in excess. Plenty of lift on the nose with berry fruit, mineral and liquorice notes. Long and linear but with adequate flesh. Fine, persistent tannins. Juicy and harmonious. Ticks all the boxes. (JL)
Drink 2026 – 2038

Score: 17+James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020

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