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

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

"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." (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)

"Over the years, this has really moved up in class. On the nose, with its cedar, tobacco leaf, smoke and cassis profile the wine smells great. Medium/full-bodied, with ample currants, spice, wet earth and blackberry on the palate, the wine offers freshness, lift and a nice, firm, tannic backbone. At 10, this is drinking just great. My guess is, there is enough gas in the tank to go another decade. 1323 Views Tasted Oct 13, 2020" (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.