This morning has seen several notable releases, foremost amongst all is Cos d’Estournel 2017, the wine of the vintage, having received a potential perfect score from the Wine Advocate with 97-100 points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown calling it ‘Truly profound.’ James Suckling also views the 2017 the equal of the 2016, awarding it 97-98 points, who declares ‘Love tasting this wine…. Full-bodied and so complete with cloves, spices, dark berries and hints of chocolate. Wonderful integration on the finish.’ This places it on par with the 2016, which once again was one of the wines of the vintage receiving 98-100 points from the Wine Advocate. St.Estephe is the trump card in 2017, with the Chateau in the village benefiting from immediacy to the Gironde, but also from greater proximity to the Atlantic, creating two fronts of protection against frost – Cos d’Estournel is the finest of the appellation. As such it comes as no surprise Cos d’Estournel 2017 is a sophisticated, regal wine, evoking ethereal flavours, splendid balance and notable torque. It will be considered one of the Estate’s finest ever, a towering accolade from a Chateau that if for a small stream separating it from Pauillac would have been a First Growth. There is incredible value here!
Cos d’Estournel is on a hot streak, much like the 2009 and 2010 which were awarded 100 and 97+ points and trade today at £2,450 and £1,750 respectively. We surmised since the release of critics scores, the market would accept the 2017 released at the same price as the 2016, which has subsequently risen from £1,400, 16% to £1,628. However, Cos d’Estournel have decreased the price 7%, a smart move, making this a no-brainer and a must buy wine of the campaign. The 2017 now reflects the lowest Price Over Points Ratio of any vintage since 2005, with a score of 71, indicating it is very well priced on release, with plenty of upside from barrel to bottle. Today’s release offers a large discount to similar scoring vintages, for example, the average price of a 97 or greater scoring vintage of Cos d’Estournel in the last ten years is £1,862, as such the 2017 offers between 35-40% upside over the coming years, we expect 15-20% from barrel to bottle. This is a Cos d’Estournel to own, to buy in quantity, it will repay you with decades of great drinking, or likely turn a very healthy profit: buying several cases will surely facilitate drinking one for free with the profits! This come highly recommended.
Cos d’Estournel is the greatest wine estate in St.Estephe and the terroir boasts wonderful gravel on top of a limestone plateau, or Cos, which translates as ‘hill of pebbles’. If it were not for a small stream separating it from Lafite Rothschild it would have been classified as a First Growth in 1855.
Cos d’Estournel was named eponymously after Louis-Gaspard d’Estournel who inherited the Estate in 1810. He found particular success in India where his wine sold at prices far above his rivals and he became known as “the Maharaja of Saint Estèphe”. To celebrate this success, he built the pagoda style property which today is still one of the most recognisable sites in Bordeaux from which their second wine Pagodes derives its name. Cos d’Estournel is an impressive wine, intense in youth with a masculine structure and concentrated fruit; it develops slowly but beautifully to release a unique perfume of incense not found in other Bordeaux wines
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