2018 Les Pagodes de Cos (St-Estephe)

Origin
St-Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
92 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
17 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
91-94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
93-95 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com, April 2019
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

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. Drink 2024 - 2036. 92 points

Julia Harding

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. 17 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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. 93-95 points

Chris Kissack

The blend of the second wine is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. This took 35% of the crop, from a yield of 30 hl/ha. The alcohol here is 14.51%, and the pH 3.68, very similar to the grand vin, and the picking dates are also the same. Aromatically this is very fresh, pure and e legant, with crushed plum skin character. It is a wine of precision, as is also evident on the palate which is shows the same character, with a polished and silky bed of tannins, rich and velvety, carrying some pretty plum fruits. It comes all wrapped up in a sinewy and energetic texture, albeit it one piled with grip through the middle and end. An excellent second wine, with a classic structure. 93-95 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Les Pagodes de Cos is fabulous. Rich, dark and explosive, Pagodes captures all of the natural intensity of the vintage. Black cherry, leather, cedar, scorched earth and grilled herbs all blossom in a dark, somber wine loaded with class. Huge, ripe fruit and equally large-scaled tannins result in a Pagodes that, if anything, may be too serious for a second wine. In 2018, Pagodes is equal to or better than the top wines from many other châteaux. The blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. 91-94 points

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