Pagodes de Cos 2015
• Domaine: Château Cos d'Estournel
• A.O.C.: Saint-Estèphe
• Classification: Second Wine, Second Growth, 2ème Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux
"The 2015 Pagodes de Cos is a blend of 46.2% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot that will be matured in 30% new barrels. It has a generous bouquet of earthy, sous-bois-tinged black fruit, delineated if not as intense as the 2014 I recall from 12 months ago. The palate is medium-bodied and shows a little more sophisticated than the aromatics, principally because of the appealing fineness of the tannin and how well the oak is enmeshed into the fruit. That lends it a smooth and silky texture, and I suggest that after 2-3 years in bottle, this should drink nicely for up to another decade." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/16, Issue 224), Ratings: 87-89, Drink: 2019-2029
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