(From 2011 Vintage) Soft, round, berry fruit, vibrant acidity, and hints of damp earth, black currants and cherries are all present in this elegant, mid-weight wine produced by the owners of Cos d'Estournel.
(From 2010 Vintage) The Goulee vineyard is located in the north of the Medoc in Port de Goulee and Jau-Dignac and Loirac. It covers a gravelly hill, facing the Gironde estuary. Goulee, which used to be an island surrounded by the waters of the estuary, has a deep gravel terroir worthy of the best Grands Crus and is treated as such by the team at Cos d’Estournel. The average planting density of 5700 vines per hectare goes with high canopy management in order to obtain an optimum level of photosynthesis. As with all the great terroirs in the Medoc, the Goulee vines are tended and harvested by hand. The Goulee vineyard enjoys an extraordinarily temperate climate in which our two main grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) and Merlot (20%) are able grow in superb conditions. Goulee’s geographical position, close to the Atlantic ocean (18km away, as compared to 30km for Pauillac), combined with the incredible width of the estuary (12km wide next to Goulee, compared to 3km at Pauillac), provides exceptional coolness for the vines in the summer, and welcome mildness in the spring and winter. This particularity of the climate gives Goulee’s wines a fruity character, reminiscent of the style of certain New World wines.
DecanterRating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Black-red, very deep extraction and concentration, but there is florality there and finely grained tannins, very New World style, but takes balance from a great vintage. Drink 2009-18. (16.5 points)
Wine SpectatorRating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/06.
Wine AdvocateRating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 170 on Apr-07