2010 Chateau Cos d' Estournel Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estephe

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Estephe
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 92--Jeff Leve: 90-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

Blend 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot

"Bright loganberry and blackberry fruit pumps along, while hints of licorice root, singed apple wood and charcoal chime in on the finish. Pleasantly firm, open and accessible, this is engaging and lively but a bit shy on stuffing overall. Drink now through 2023. –JM" (WS)

"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." (WA)

"Bright medium ruby. Aromas of crushed blueberry, cassis and nutty oak. Wonderfully dense and sweet, with considerable complexity and a hint of superripeness to its very ripe, sweet flavors of dark berries and complementary oak. Finishes with excellent breadth and length, and thoroughly sweet, fine tannins. A great success for this bottling. For drinking over the next 10 to 12 years." (VM)

"A wine with plum, spice, and currant character with full body, and silky tannins. Lovely texture to this wine. Give it a year or two to soften. Second wine of Cos. Better in 2015." (JS)

"This big, rich, chocolaty wine is powerfully built with considerable extract. The wine is huge and solid, its tannins extreme and dense. At the same time, the juicy blackberry fruit drives the wine into an opulent aftertaste. -R.V. (5/1/2013)" (WE)

"Les Pagodes de Cos From an assemblage of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, this is a brawny, focused and straight forward style of wine. In the mouth, the wine is tannic, fresh and filled with dark berries. Prats called this vintage a severe style of Pagodes that requires time. 90-92 Pts. 91 points - Tasted Apr 19, 2011" (JL)

Winery Notes:
The 2010 vintage is the result of an exceptional combination of dry weather – 2010 was the driest year of the decade – and of rather cool temperatures – with the coldest May for five years.

These weather conditions produced a late, extended flowering period. The flowering, which was disrupted in some instances, resulted in significant flower abortion of the Merlot. One of the consequences of this was relatively low yields.

Weather conditions:
In the first half of July (summer temperatures but not a heat wave), allowed the veraison, which had been slowed down, to quickly be completed. The very low rainfall this year (fairly close to that of 2005) resulted in small berries and very well-ripened tannins.

Merlot were harvested from September 27th to October 3rd and the Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested from October 5th to October 10th.