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June 10, 2016

Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2012

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Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2012
93+ Pts Wine Advocate
95 Pts James Suckling

12×75 – £850 IB
or £1,050 incl duty and VAT

Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2015
92-94 Pts Wine Advocate
97-98 Pts James Suckling

12×75 – £1,272 EP
6×75 – £636 EP 

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders, see below.

2015 En Primeur Expected Spring 2018 
2012 Available in July

 

Today’s release price of £1,272 is an ambitious 56% above their 2014 release price. When we visited the Chateau this year we discussed the polemical subject of pricing and they suggested they would be repositioning. Read: increasing their price, clearly following the other great St. Estephe wine last year, Chateau Montrose. It may also be that due to hail experienced in St. Estephe which resulted in only 39% of their crop into the Grand Cru, opposed to the normal 50%. James Suckling awards Cos d’Estournel an excellent 97-98 points, however, Neal Martin awards it 92-94 and Antonio Galloni 92-95. We agree with the latter two, it is a fine, beautiful wine, but night and day from their utterly spellbinding 2005, 2009 and 2010 vintages and should be priced as such. This was the wrong year to re-position their price, if indeed, there is a good time to do so.

As with Montrose last year, this highlights the Estate’s clear mission to maintain a higher price on release and to consistently raise prices for back vintages. It is advisable, therefore, to stock up on very good vintages that – for now – remain true to past pricing and to take advantage of the obvious price increase this will create. Today’s release makes the very good 2012 look like a bargain. With 93+ points the 2012 is at the upper most points of the 2015 score, yet available today for £850 per case of 12. The 2012 also scored a superb 95 points from James Suckling: why buy the clearly overpriced 2015 with gems like this available?

In 2012 Cos d’Estournel is a wine to own, surpassing the other Super Seconds and on par with the First Growths, Robert Parker comments ‘This is a beauty and an undeniable top success in the Médoc for 2012.’ It compares brilliantly with other vintages of Cos d’Estournel, outscoring or on par with all physical wines going back to 1982 with the exception of 1986, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010. In fact, it is superior to the stunning 93 point 1995 and 2001 which trade today at £1,350 and £1,000 and it is on par with the 94 scoring 1990, which trades at £1,800. Cos d’Estournel is one of the world’s great wines and it is wise to stock up today, at preferable prices.

Cos d’Estournel JS WA Price Release Price
2015 97-98 92-94 £1,272 £1,272
2014 96-97 93-95 £900 £815
2013 90-91 86-88 £895 £900
2012 95 93+ £850 £990
2011 95 91 £700 £1,026
2010 97 97+ £1,500 £2,150
2009 100 100 £2,250 £2,232
2008 93 92+ £750 £750
2007 N/A 90 £725 £640
2006 N/A 91 £800 £720
2005 97 98 £1,325 £1,120
2004 N/A 92 £760 £425

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.

Also released and available:

  • Palmer 2015, 12x75cl, £2,160 – 99-100 Pts
  • Peby Faugeres 2015, 12x75cl, £950 – 99-100 Pts
  • Lynch Bages 2015, 12x75cl, £870 – 95-96 Pts
  • Pichon Baron 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 96-98 Pts
  • Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2015, 12x75cl, £470 – 96-97 Pts
  • Malartic Lagraviere Rouge 2015, 12x75cl, £350 – 93-97 Pts
  • Duhart Milon 2015, 12x75cl, £500 -90-92 Pts

Click HERE for a review of the Bordeaux En Primeur 2015 Campaign to date.

 

Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2015

James Suckling, 97-98 Points
This shows what great selection did in the northern Mêdoc. Big surprise. Really excellent. Full body, chewy and rich tannins and loads of ripe fruit. Black currants, blueberries. It has hot and ripe tannins yet cool fruit.

Neal Martin, 92-94 Points
The 2015 Cos d’Estournel is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 17 September and 5 October at 44 hl/ha. It is being matured in 65% new oak, less than in recent years due to the tannin (IPT is 71). Deeper in color than the 2015 Pagodes, it has a very pure bouquet with tightly knitted blackberry, blueberry and violet scents, perhaps just a little Margaux-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity and harmonious in the mouth. What it does not quite deliver is the complexity of a top-tier Cos d’Estournel or the peacock’s tail of flavors on the finish, which feels linear and conservative compared to its peers in more southerly appellations. You feel as if the vintage put a tight leash on this Saint Estèphe grandee. There is pedigree in this Grand Vin for sure and it is bound to give up to 20 years of pleasure.

 

Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2012

James Suckling, 95 Points
Always excellent for the vintage. What a nose with currants, blackberries, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stones and wet earth too. Full-bodied and refined yet muscular and trim. Fabulously polished tannins. Try drinking in 2020.

Robert Parker, 93+ Points
The 2012 Cos d’Estournel is a classic expression of St.-Estèphe, with notes of graphite, crushed rock, blackberry, blackcurrant fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, structured, but well-integrated tannins and a long finish of 35 seconds or more. This is a beauty and an undeniable top success in the Médoc for 2012. Give it 4-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades or more. The final blend, which achieved 13.8% alcohol, is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

 

To buy this wine please reply to this email or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability. 

En Primeur - Why buy through IG Wines:

  • We only work with the largest and best financed negociants in Bordeaux
  • We guarantee delivery of all wines purchased en primeur
  • We are owned one third by a large family office and very well-financed
  • Since our foundation in 2011 we have grown our client base to over 1,500 private clients in ten different countries

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders:

  • Bottles (12x75cl or 6x75cl) – No Charge
  • Halves (12×37.5cl or 24×37.5cl) – £12.00 per case
  • Magnums (6x150cl or 3x150cl) – £7.00 per case
  • Double Magnums (3 x 300cl) – £50.00 per case
  • Imperials (1 x 600cl) – £25.00 each