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Les Pagodes de Cos 2018

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

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. The 2018 is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

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Tasting Notes

The 2018 Pagodes de Cos has quite a precise bouquet of exuberant black cherries, kirsch and violet aromas, aromatics that want to make an impression. It retains just about enough delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, and slightly granular in texture, with a bit of chewiness on the finish. But there is plenty of freshness here and it lingers on the aftertaste. Give this 2–3 years to cohere. 2022-2030

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Dec 2020), March 2021

Pure aromas of currants, plums, cherries and Spanish cedar follow through to a full body with super concentration of fruit, yet forever polished and long. A cylinder of wonderfully ripe fruit and tannins goes on for minutes. This needs at least three or four years to soften and begin to come together. Super second wine. Try after 2027.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2021

The 2018 Les Pagodes de Cos (14.51% alcohol) is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, aging in 20% new barriques. Deep garnet-purple in color, it bursts from the glass with bold notions of Morello cherries, blackcurrant pastilles, plum preserves and spice cake with suggestions of pencil shavings and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with spicy black fruits, framed by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering savory note. Drink: 2022-2036

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, March 2021

Full of liquorice and dark chocolate, the nose is immediately seductive. This is a second wine that's full of fleshy, sexy, bright fruit and real elegance. It's a lovely wine, if clearly marked by the generosity of the vintage. The 30hl/ha yield was affected by a mix of mildew and some concentration in September. To control extractions, they macerated at a lower temperature of 27-28°C. As with the grand vin, this is aged in 20% new oak, down a little on the usual amount. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

Drinking Window 2024 - 2036

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019

Tasted blind. Charry blackberries on the nose with structure and real follow-through. Some St-Estèphe stoniness discernible through the fruit. Long. 14.5%
Drink 2026 – 2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2022

54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
Dark core with purple rim. Sweeter and spicier than the Goulée (Cos's Médoc wine) just tasted. Bramble and mulberry fragrance. Excellent freshness and finesse in the tannins, dry, compact but lifted by the scented fruit and unusual brightness. Powerful and chalky on the finish. Very good balance already. Long and classy. (JH) 14.9%
Drink 2028-2038

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019

Deep ruby in colour, with a creamy nose of cherries, vanilla and cassis. The palate is juicy and plump but still firm with mouthcoating tannins. This adds weight and harmony, as do the waves of vibrant acidity. The spice builds onto the finish, with a lightly toasty char, but this is well integrated into the fruit and adds a savoury complexity.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

The true second wine of the estate, the 2018 Pagodes De Cos is sensational stuff and clocks in at 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that saw slightly more new oak than usual. Blueberries, cassis, crushed violets, and classy oak all flow to a medium to full-bodied effort that has incredible class and elegance as well as texture. Fresh, clean, and beautifully balanced, it’s a terrific wine in its own right.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019

(54 Cabernet Sauvignon, 37 Merlot, 6 Petit Verdot, 3 Cabernet Franc) | 20% new oak | 14.5% alc | 30 hl/ha | 33% production goes into this wine | 72 IPT Rather controlled, a little quiet and introverted, rather in the shadow of the Grand Vin and rather closed and reticent, too. I am sure that this will unravel and show its charms in due course.

Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019
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The 2018 Pagodes de Cos, which sees 20% new oak, offers ripe kirsch, fig and blackcurrant aromas on the precocious nose although it just about remains focused and delineated. The palate is sweet and chewy on the entry, though it manages to develop finer tannins and a degree of finesse towards the liquorice-tinged finish. There is a long spicy aftertaste here, slightly Asian in style, perhaps with just a hint of soy lingering in the mouth. Fine.2022-2030

Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019

This is so beautiful with very fresh and ripe fruit at the same time. Medium-to full-bodied. Rich and layered. The accessibility and forwardness is so enticing in this second wine. Best Pagodes ever?

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019

The 2018 Les Pagodes de Cos (14.51% alcohol) is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, aging in 20% new barriques. Deep purple-black in color, it practically explodes from the glass with rambunctious notions of baked black cherries, plum preserves and crème de cassis with hints of cigar box, fungi, tilled soil and woodsmoke plus a touch of crushed rocks. The full-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating black fruit preserves with a beautiful earthy undercurrent and a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins, finishing with fantastic length. A very serious second wine! Should age incredibly.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019
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