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Les Pagodes de Cos 2010

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Estèphe
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

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

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

Love the nose to this wine, with spices and berries and currants. Full and very refined with super silky tannins and a long long finish. So refined

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Les Pagodes de Cos gives up a nose of baked blackberries, prunes and blackcurrant cordial with hints of powdered cinnamon, smoked meats and eucalyptus plus a touch of iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers just enough fruit to fill the structure with bold freshness and a firm, chewy texture, finishing on a stewed tea note. 2020-2035

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

45% of production. Glistening crimson. Rich, somehow burnished fruit aromas. Very sweet and winning start and then pretty tight but in some years in the past this would have looked like a pretty good classed growth. Very slightly lean on the finish and a little tarry but well done and supple until the very end, which is a bit sudden.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

Big smoky cassis nose, spice and controlled fruit, impressive complexity. Drink 2014-22.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011
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Possibly the finest Pagodes the estate has produced, as Jean-Guillaume Prats said, this 2010 is better than many vintages of Cos d'Estournel produced in the sixties and seventies. Forty-five percent of the production made it into this blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot that achieved 14.1% alcohol naturally. Plump and fat with an abundant concentration of black fruits as well as outstanding intensity, purity and texture, this beauty should drink well for 10-15 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

The Les Pagodes de Cos 2010 has a crisp leafy bouquet: autumn leaves and sandalwood infused black fruit that is well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp acidity with a slightly bitter finish that needs just a touch more persistency. Otherwise, this is just very fine for a second label. Tasted January 2014.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014

The Pagodes 2010 has a broody nose, biding its time in the glass, unfurling to reveal notes of blackcurrant pastilles, cedar, pine and a touch of graphite. Like Montrose, there is a Pauillac-like tincture to this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a gentle but insistent grip on the entry. Hints of Christmas cake and dates combine nicely with the crisp, fresh blackberry finish. This is an accomplished Pagodes that should drink well over the following ten years. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013

Picked between 27th September and 10th October, the Pagodes is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot delivering 14.13% alcohol with a pH of 3.51. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the nose with blackberry, pencil shavings, a touch of plum and fine mineralité. The palate has great tension on the entry with a citric freshness, very good weight and yet it glides through to a harmonious finish. This is a lovely Pagodes. Drink 2012- Tasted March 2011.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011
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