Wine Advocate 94 points - Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Pagodes ‘09 has a more exotic nose compared to its peers: mulberry and dark plum to the fore, candied orange peel following later. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins. It is a little “clunky” compared to its peers with a very austere, rigid finish that is missing nascent charm. Perhaps it will improve in the bottle? We shall see. Tasted January 2013.
Full-bodied, round, and generous, it 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.
|Wine maker notes|
|Les Pagodes de Cos is, strictly speaking, Cos d’Estournel’s “second wine”. The vines that produce it are eventually used for the “Grand Vin” which is an 1855 Grand Cru Classe. They are grown on the same terroir and are treated in the same way. They are simply younger and their roots have yet to grow to their full depth in the gravelly soil. Powerful, very aromatic, long on the palate, with a very persistent finish, Les Pagodes de Cos is a wine of refinement and pleasure, to be drunk within ten years of its bottling at the chateau.|