(From 2009 Vintage) The vineyard of Cos spreads around the château on 91 hectares. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines (60% of the vineyard) find the soil of their choice in the thin layers of gravely soil situated on the top and on the southern slopes of the hill. On the other hand, the Merlot vines (40% of the vineyard) excel on the eastern slopes and on the slopes where the Saint-Estephe limestone bed shows on the surface. The percentage of Cabernet and Merlot varies from one vintage to another according to the year weather conditions, benefiting successively to the one or the other. Plantation is extremely dense (8000 to 10000 vines per hectare) and the average age of the vineyard is high (35 years old on the average) in order to enable the roots to extend excessively and to obtain a very slender yield per vine that will create the “Grand Goût” Only the wines coming from over 20 years old vines will have the name of Château Cos d’Estournel.
(From 2009 Vintage) Les Pagodes de Cos is, strictly speaking, Cos dEstournels “second wine. The vines that produce it are eventually used for the “Grand Vin which is an 1855 Grand Cru Classe. They are grown on the same terroir and are treated in the same way. They are simply younger and their roots have yet to grow to their full depth in the gravelly soil. Powerful, very aromatic, long on the palate, with a very persistent finish, Les Pagodes de Cos is a wine of refinement and pleasure, to be drunk within ten years of its bottling at the chateau.
Robert Parker(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/20/2012