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Les Pagodes de Cos 2016

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

The second wine of Cos is now of higher quality than most vintages of the "grand vin" pre the renaissance here in 2001. Pagodes is, of course, made in the same stunning new winery as Cos itself and is very much a more approachable version of the grand vin.

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Tasting Notes

A red with very deep and intense fruit character, yet rich tannins to back it all up. Full-bodied, layered and powerful. The second wine of Cos d’Estournel is serious again in 2016. Try from 2025.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2019

Mid purple in colour with a refined, pure nose of blackcurrant, red cherry and savoury spice; the focus of the vintage is evident on opening but layers of complex herbs, spices and incense emerge with a little air. This follows on the palate, which builds a fine-boned structure of ripe tannins and vibrant acid around a core of ripe black and red fruits. The cool, savoury tones of bottle age are starting to emerge, but the primary fruit is the focus still - cool, lightly fleshy and moreish. Expanding with air, this will only improve with a decant ahead of serving, but unlike many 2016s it is delicious already, the tannins succulent and melting at the finish. Drink now, or over the coming 10+ years.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, October 2022

The 2016 Pagodes de Cos is deep garnet in color. It gallops out with vibrant notes of crushed blackcurrants, warm blackberries, and Morello cherries, plus suggestions of tilled soil, tapenade, and iron ore. Light to medium-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant, with delicately played, silky tannins and fantastic tension framing the perfumed fruit, finishing on a mineral note.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, December 2022

This is a serious wine representing 55% of the overall production, with the other 45% in Cos ('not one drop into a third wine or bulk' says director Aymeric de Gironde). Extremely dark black cassis fruits and graphite show the power of St-Estèphe clays. Fresh, bright and well structured (3.61pH, 65IPT), this is bristling with fruit and silky tannins, and may even close down for a few years. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46.5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 0.6% Cabernet Franc from vines averaging 35 years old, aged in 30% new oak.

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

Tasted blind. Sweet and round on the nose. Good attack with tea-leaf flavour. Dry finish. Very appetising and well mannered without being at all flashy. Builds pretty well on the finish. Admirably persistent. But not one of the most intense.
Drink 2025 – 2038

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

The second wine of the estate is no slouch. The 2016 Pagodes de Cos has some grand vin character in its cassis and graphite aromas and flavors. Showing more incense, graphite, and hints of flowers with air time, this medium to full-bodied, rounded, beautifully textured effort is well worth a case purchase. Drink this beauty, the equal to most estates’ top wines, while you wait on the grand vin to come around. Drink 2019-2039.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 2019

The cassis and cherry mix is sweet the fruit rich and fleshy supported by firm but ripe tannins. There is underlying freshness lighter at the back with rich black cherry on the finish. 2025-40

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Just over half of the crop at Cos went into the second wine in 2016, with most of it from the same plots as usual. Subtly oaked and graceful, it’s a St. Estèphe-meets-Margaux style that’s a world away from what the château produced in 2009. Scented, poised and refined. 2022-30

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017
Read more tasting notes...

The 2016 Les Pagodes de Cos is blended of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46.5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Cabernet Franc. It has a deep garnet-purple color and opens with notions of warm cassis, black cherries and smoked meats giving way to scents of charcoal, underbrush and cloves plus a waft of new leather. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with generous black fruits and some compelling red fruit sparks, supported by ripe, grainy tannins and finishing long and spicy. Drink 2020-2033.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018

The 2016 Les Pagodes de Cos is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46.5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and a splash of Cabernet Franc, delivering 13.02% alcohol and matured in 30% new oak. It has an intense bouquet with aromas of blackcurrant, bilberry, graphite and a touch of sea salt (just a nod to the Gironde Estuary perhaps?). The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, quite sleek in the mouth with plenty of black fruit tinged with graphite. It has a little more persistence compared to the 2015 Pagodes last year from barrel, very harmonious with a twist of bitter black cherry and tobacco on the finish. Very fine—drink from two or three years in bottle.
Drink Date 2020 - 2035

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

The brightness and focus to this second wine of Cos are certainly impressive. You can see the quality. Full body, a tight and focused palate and beautiful fruit and density. Ultra-fine tannins. Gorgeous. Sophisticated.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

Fresh, muscular, racy nose. Sweet start – really rather flirtatious! Racy and elegant. But not for the long term. 13.02%
Drink 2023-2032

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017
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