2010 Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
This is sleek along the edges and dense in the middle, with ample crushed cherry, red currant and melted red licorice notes. A bright floral edge chimes in on the long finish. An impressive second wine. A little more Merlot than usual (62 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 38 percent Merlot). Tasted non-blind.
Love the nose to this wine, with spices and berries and currants. Full and very refined with super silky tannins and a long long finish. So refined. Second wine of Cos.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 62% cabernet sauvignon and 38% merlot; 3.5 pH; IPT 73; 14.1% alcohol Bright, full red. Perfumed aromas of fresh blackberry, violet and cedar. Dense, sweet and juicy, with bright acidity lifting the flavors of ripe red berries, exotic dried herbs and graphite. With its fine-grained texture, very sweet tannins and excellent length, this sexy midweight offers impeccable balance and lovely purity of fruit. Without question one of the best second wines of the vintage. In fact, I think it will turn out to be the best Pagodes ever.