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A St. Estephe Landmark: Cos d’Estournel

Nick Jackson, MW Consultant | April 6, 2021

Spicy Breed

If there was a competition for most memorable Médoc château building, Palmer, Margaux, Pichon Baron and Issan would all be in contention. But surely some would choose Cos d'Estournel, the Indian-inspired fantasy in brick which welcomes visitors to the St. Estèphe appellation.

It has often, and pertinently, been observed that the wines of Cos taste like a different country. Their immense spicy breed makes for some of the most compelling wines of the northern Médoc (Cos's immediate neighbour is Lafite - not bad company).

Of the vintages available below, the 1986 is a classic of the property, and in mature splendour today; the 2005 and 2010 modern landmarks, approachable now, but with decades still to run; and 2008 and 2012 affordable and appetising today.