Cos d'Estournel

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Second Cru Classé of the Médoc, flagship of the Saint-Estèphe appellation, Cos d'Estournel is an emblematic estate on Bordeaux's right bank. Whether it's the oriental-inspired building or the strong character of its wines, it never goes unnoticed and ranks among the Médoc's "super-seconds". Among the famous premier crus classés, Cos d'Estournel is on the verge of excellence, vintage after vintage. Along with its neighbor Montrose, it is Saint-Estèphe's finest. Find out more
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The winemaker

The home of the Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe

Founded by Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel in the early 19th century, Cos d'Estournel enjoyed immediate success, exporting as far afield as Asia. The owner soon drew inspiration from his success in the Orient to build one of the most remarkable and recognizable châteaux in the Médoc, if not France.

This extravagance led to the bankruptcy of Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel, who was forced to sell the estate in the 1850s. More than a century of ownership changes followed. This instability led to a decline in the quality of the estate's wines until the year 2000 and the arrival of businessman Michel Reybier.

The comeback

Michel Reybier is pulling out all the stops to restore Cos d'Estournel's reputation, including the construction of a hyper-modern new winery designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a star in the world of winery architecture.

It didn't take long for Cos d'Estournel to rise to the top again, joining the group of "super-seconds", those Médoc grands crus that would now rank among the premiers crus.

Modernity according to Cos d'Estournel

Cos d'Estournel offers five wines, a way of expressing the estate's identity for all budgets. It also gives the cellar master the opportunity to select only the best bunches for the production of the grand vin, the rest being downgraded to the second and third wines. When you open a Cos d'Estournel, you have every right to expect perfection, and let's face it, that's often what you get.
Marked by the intensity of its aromas and the power of its tannins, the first wine must wait at least ten years before showing its elegance, and will last several decades depending on the vintage. As you can see, this is not a wine for the impatient.

They may find their happiness in Pagodes de Cos, the estate's second wine, in the Saint-Estèphe appellation area, or in La Goulée, the third wine, classified in the Médoc. The latter cannot claim the title of second cru classé, unlike the grand vin, but this in no way prevents them from being superb expressions of their respective terroirs, and correspond to a more immediate consumption as they are more quickly ready to drink.
Finally, Cos d'Estournel also has the particularity of offering white wines. Here too, a first and a second wine are offered, in a very Bordeaux style, between greediness and uprightness.
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