The 2014 Pagodes de Cos of Chateau Cos d'Estournel is one of the best Pagodes de Cos of the last decade. This Saint-Estephe Second vin du Chateau Cos d’Estournel is a charming wine with its own character, which well-expresses the Cos d'Estournel terroir, both on finesse and subtlety. The nose freshly expresses the black fruit mixed with white flower and fresh tobacco. The palate is fleshy with a precise attack which then evolves on an elegant structure around flavoury tannins. The whole is enhanced by a good mineral aspect. This charming wine seduces right away.
The 2014 Les Pagodes de Cos, now in bottle, seems to be wasting no time in appeasing those who like to drink their Bordeaux young. (And why not? This is a deuxième vin after all.) The nose is open and generous with blackberry fruit tinged with dark chocolate and a touch of mint, the graphite element not evident here as it was in barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very well-judged acidity and very fine focus. Like the Grand Vin, this is not an exotic or flamboyant Cos d'Estournel, but no way would you describe it as lean. There is an easy-drinking approachable nature to this Les Pagodes de Cos, without precluding it of precision and length, whilst the graphite note pops up right at the finish and on the aftertaste. This delightful wine should be drinking from 2018 and over the next decade. Tasted February 2017.