Probably the best second wine ever made at Cos (although the 2009 should not be discounted), the 2010 Les Pagodes de Cos is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot finishing at 14% natural alcohol. This wine exhibits beautiful, silky tannins as well as sweet, rich mulberry and black currant fruit with hints of spring flowers, licorice and subtle toast. A full-bodied, opulent and -ideal- second wine, most people who have tasted it would probably agree that it is actually better than many vintages of Cos d-Estournel from the 1960s and 1970s. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
These are two terrific wines from Cos d'Estournel. Proprietor Michel Reybier will have to continue his great success over the next decade without his top lieutenant, Jean-Guillaume Prats, who has taken another job, but the estate seems to be in superlative condition, and at the very top of its game
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
Possibly the finest Pagodes the estate has produced, as Jean-Guillaume Prats said, this 2010 is better than many vintages of Cos d'Estournel produced in the sixties and seventies. Forty-five percent of the production made it into this blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot that achieved 14.1% alcohol naturally. Plump and fat with an abundant concentration of black fruits as well as outstanding intensity, purity and texture, this beauty should drink well for 10-15 years.
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
The Les Pagodes de Cos 2010 has a crisp leafy bouquet: autumn leaves and sandalwood infused black fruit that is well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp acidity with a slightly bitter finish that needs just a touch more persistency. Otherwise, this is just very fine for a second label. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
The Pagodes 2010 has a broody nose, biding its time in the glass, unfurling to reveal notes of blackcurrant pastilles, cedar, pine and a touch of graphite. Like Montrose, there is a Pauillac-like tincture to this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a gentle but insistent grip on the entry. Hints of Christmas cake and dates combine nicely with the crisp, fresh blackberry finish. This is an accomplished Pagodes that should drink well over the following ten years. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
Picked between 27th September and 10th October, the Pagodes is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot delivering 14.13% alcohol with a pH of 3.51. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the nose with blackberry, pencil shavings, a touch of plum and fine mineralité. The palate has great tension on the entry with a citric freshness, very good weight and yet it glides through to a harmonious finish. This is a lovely Pagodes. Drink 2012- Tasted March 2011.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
Love the nose to this wine, with spices and berries and currants. Full and very refined with super silky tannins and a long long finish. So refined
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
45% of production. Glistening crimson. Rich, somehow burnished fruit aromas. Very sweet and winning start and then pretty tight but in some years in the past this would have looked like a pretty good classed growth. Very slightly lean on the finish and a little tarry but well done and supple until the very end, which is a bit sudden.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
Jean-Guillaume Prats believes that his second wine is now of higher quality than any vintage of the "grand vin" of Cos d'Estournel of the 1990's. Made from 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, this year it represents 45% of the total production of Cos d'Estournel. A deep colour. The nose is full of intense black fruit with a strong cassis character. There is lots of flesh here with an attractive veneer of oak (50% of which is new). Full bodied and intense, this is hugely impressive and it would certainly out-perform many a cru classé in a blind tasting.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
Rich ripe black fruits fill out the nose all very sweet. Bramble jelly sweetness gives a fleshy richness on the palate. Underpinning the ripeness and sweetness of fruit are firm tannins and red fruits. The back palate is bright and the finish has a touch of peppery oak spice.
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
Big smoky cassis nose, spice and controlled fruit, impressive complexity. Drink 2014-22.
|Score: 17||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011|