2014 Les Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1205288 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a ripe, smoky wine, with solid, complex tannins. It has concentration and richness while always holding back from being too explosive. The finish is firm, just lifted by ample acidity. (RV)  (4/2015)

91-92 points James Suckling

 Another refined 2014 with super fine tannins, beautiful fruit and impressive balance. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Solid core of fruit. Second wine of Cos.  (4/2015)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Les Pagodes de Cos 2014 is a blend of 43% Merlot, 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, a selection from the vineyard according to age of vine and the soil. Matured in 50% new oak, it has a clean and precise bouquet, a veneer of blackberry and wild strawberry fruit intermixed with cedar and graphite, the latter becoming more pronounced with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth entry, well-judged acidity with veins of tobacco and allspice emerging toward the finish that gently fans out. There is already a pleasant freshness in situ that I hope will be retained by the time it is in bottle. Very fine. (NM)  (4/2015)

89-91 points Vinous

 he 2014 Les Pagodes de Cos is supple and inviting. Black plums, chocolate, mocha, smoke and licorice are all expressive in this distinctly dark, ripe second wine from Cos d'Estournel. The 2014 is 55% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, but it is the Merlot that feels quite ripe and seems to convey a feeling of heaviness at times. Stylistically, Pagodes is a lot more forward than Cos, while the impression of ripeness is also more accentuated. Overall, this is a pretty big second wine from the property. (AG)  (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. 80% of a certain vineyard supplemented by other less successful plots. 50% new oak. Dark crimson. Very sweet and charming. A mineral streak and some real freshness too. Not remotely meagre. Very forward and very ripe -- St-Estèphe style. Gorgeous already. 17+/20 points. Drink 2019-2032.  (4/2015)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.