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August 18, 2014

Cos d’Estournel and Les Pagodes de Cos 2009

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‘One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted… an iconic wine as well as a remarkable achievement, it is the greatest Cos d’Estournel ever produced’, Robert Parker

In November 2011, when Bordeaux was at the height of its pomp, Robert Parker conducted a tasting in Hong Kong. It was emotively titled ‘Magical 20′ to denote wines Parker claimed were of first growth quality; selected from the 2009 vintage, which he declared “Unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted.” In 2009 Parker awarded 18 red wines a perfect score, but he reserved the highest praise for Cos d’Estournel and Latour: James Suckling followed suit declaring it as his wine of the year in 2011.

Cos d’Estournel 2009 was released en primeur for £2,200, having initially been awarded 98-100 points from barrel with Parker’s declaring: ’One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted…an extraordinary effort‘. Parker’s assertion that the wine was one of the best, if not the best wine from the greatest vintage he had ever tasted, along with the expectation of a perfect ‘clean score’ pushed the trading levels as high as £3,500.

Today the the average market price remains £2,150, returning to its post frenzy days and we are delighted to be able to offer a parcel of five case at the lowest price in the world of £1,900. This offers the opportunity to own one of the greatest wines ever made, 45% lower than its market high and 18% lower than its release price. It is noteworthy also that we have a case of Latour 2009 available for £8,700, a wine Cos d’Estournel 2009 equals and perhaps surpasses. Indeed during Parker’s ‘Magical 20′ he compared, Cos d’Estournel 2009 to the legendary Cheval Blanc 1947, the highest possible acclaim and further evidence this will be one of the all times treasures in fine wine, alongside fabled names like, Mouton Rothschild 45, Latour 61, Lafite Rothschild 1982, Leoville Las Cases 1986 and Montrose1990: the 100 points scoring Montrose 1990 is priced at £4,750 today.

‘Oddly enough, the [Pagodes de Cos 2009] is superior to many vintages of Cos in the 1960s 1970s and 1980s!’ Robert Parker. We are also delighted to offer Pagaodes de Cos unquestionably one, possibly the greatest Second Wine ever made and for £29.50 a bottle it is simply not to be missed. Les Pagodes de Cos is made from the same vines and exacting standards that are used to make the Grand Vin. Although the 2009 Les Pagodes de Cos unusually contains a higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than the Grand Vin. However, Pagodes uses a smaller percentage of the Estate’s older vines and spends less time in oak with a lower percentage of new oak. One of the reasons for this is that the Pagodes is designed to be approached younger. This is good news as Cos d’Estournel 2009 should not be opened for another 10 years, conversely Parker states that the 2009 Pagodes entered its drinking windows in 2012.

Cos d’Estournel 2009 12×75 - £1,900 or £2,309.52 incl. duty and VAT
Robert Parker 100 points
One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted, the monumental 2009 Cos d’Estournel has lived up to its pre-bottling potential. A remarkable effort from winemaking guru Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot (33%) and a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%) was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts an inky/black/purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of white flowers interwoven with blackberry and blueberry liqueur, incense, charcoal and graphite. The wine hits the palate with extraordinary purity, balance and intensity as well as perfect equilibrium, and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, wood and alcohol. An iconic wine as well as a remarkable achievement, it is the greatest Cos d’Estournel ever produced. It is approachable enough at present that one could appreciate it with several hours of decanting, but it will not hit its prime for a decade, and should age effortlessly for a half century.

Les Pagodes de Cos 2009 12×75 - £355 or £455.52 incl. duty and VAT
Robert Parker 94 points
The brilliant 2009 Les Pagodes de Cos actually has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than the grand vin (69% versus 65%) in addition to mostly Merlot and a small quantity of Petit Verdot. As powerful as the Cos in terms of alcoholic clout (14.5%), the full-bodied, round, generous Les Pagodes de Cos exhibits lots of creme de cassis and floral notes intermixed with hints of wood/barrique and spice. Juicy, succulent and remarkably fresh and well-delineated, it merits considerable attention from consumers. It should drink well for 15-20 years. Oddly enough, the second wine is superior to many vintages of Cos in the 1960s 1970s and 1980s!

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