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Chateâu Cos d'Estournel

France Bordeaux

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Name: Chateâu Cos d'Estournel
Growing area: Bordeaux
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The winery is located in the commune of Saint-Estèphe or area of the same name in the Médoc (Bordeaux). It is separated from the famous Château Lafite-Rothschild only by a stream. Part of the vineyard...

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1982 Saint-Estèphe AOC Deuxième Cru Classé
Editor note: Firm aroma of ripe black and blue berries with Havana tobacco, lead pencil, dark ethereal spice, som...
 
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2005 Saint-Estèphe AOC Deuxième Cru Classé
Editor note: Deep and dense, leathery, smoky and reminiscent of cigar tobacco aroma of ripe black berries and lon...
 
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1994 Saint-Estèphe AOC Deuxième Cru Classé
Editor note: Deep, somewhat developed black berry and distinctly leathery nose with some undergrowth and pepper w...
 
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2004 Saint-Estèphe AOC Deuxième Cru Classé
Editor note: Firm aroma of ripe black berries with tobacco and slightly cedary aromas, a touch of pepper, dried h...
 
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1979 Saint-Estèphe AOC Deuxième Cru Classé
Translate to English Editor note: Klarer, ziemlich fester schwarz. und etwas rotbeeriger Duft mit tabakigen, zedrigen, leicht minzigen...
 
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1993 Saint-Estèphe AOC Deuxième Cru Classé
Translate to English Editor note: Fester und komplexer, etwas gewürziger, zedriger, an Weihrauch und edle Pralinen erinnernder Duft na...

The winery is located in the commune of Saint-Estèphe or area of the same name in the Médoc (Bordeaux). It is separated from the famous Château Lafite-Rothschild only by a stream. Part of the vineyards were detached in 1789 in connection with the French Revolution, thus founding Château Cos Labory. The year of foundation of Château Cos d'Estournel is considered to be 1811, when the horse and wine merchant Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel (1753-1844) acquired the first vineyards. He had recognised the excellent quality of the extremely barren pebble soils (Cos) at an early stage. The part of the name "Cos" (Caux) is derived from "Colline de cailloux" (gravelly hill). Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel exported his wine as far as India and several Arab countries. From there he imported noble horses, which were bred in the pastures around the vineyards. He built a huge wine cellar in partly Asian style, including the pagoda-like curved roofs and the famous door from the harem of the Sultan of Zanzibar.

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Estournel realised by chance the value of shipping wine in wooden barrels when unsold wine was brought back home from India. He compared it with the same wine left at home and noticed a considerable improvement in quality. When sold, these fetched far better prices. Therefore, after some time, all wines were sent on a ship's voyage before being sold and these were marked with an "R" (Retour des Indes = back from India). One could therefore call him one of the "inventors" or at least the first users of barrique ageing (whether these barrels were also already toasted is not known, however). In the medium term, however, this elaborate process led to a financial fiasco. Therefore, the estate was sold to the London banker Martyns in 1852. In the Bordeaux classification of 1855, the château was awarded second place (Deuxième Cru Classé) under the name "Cos Destournel".

After a chequered history, the estate came into the possession of Yves, Jean-Marie and Bruno Prats through inheritance in 1970. The latter acted as managing director until 1998. It was during this time that the term "super seconds" was born. This meant that the wine would earn the "Premier Cru Classé" due to its high quality. This was thanks to Bruno Prats, who worked with immense perfection using the most modern methods. In 1998, the estate was sold to the Taillan Group and finally, three years later in 2001, to the food manufacturer Michel Reybier. The Prats family still plays a role, however, with Guillaume Prats serving as managing director. Due to a lack of descendants, the Audoy family sold Château Cos Labory to neighbour Michel Reybier in 2023. The purchase price was not disclosed. With the purchase of Château Cos Labory, the historic vineyard from Château Cos d'Estournel, as it existed at the time of the Bordeaux classification in 1855, was restored.

The total estate covers100 hectares, of which 67 hectares are planted with vines. These are Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (38%) and Cabernet Franc (2%). The extremely long-lived red wine matures for 18 to 24 months in 70% to (in particularly good years) 100% new barriques. The second wine is called "Les Pagodes de Cos". The brand wine "Maître d'Estournel", produced under AOC Bordeaux, was created by Bruno Prats in 1971. The name honours the legendary founder Louis Gaspard d'Estournel. The red wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the white wine from Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes come from all over the region. These are significantly lower priced wines.

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