We do like a fancy chateau and this is the fanciest going: right up there with Brighton Pavillion in its ostentation. They’re also very big on elephants at Cos d’Estournel, which we approve of.
It is, however, the top wine from our favourite appellation in the Medoc, Saint-Estephe.
The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.
There’s a second (red) wine known as Pagodes de Cos, an obviously named white wine, and a Merlot-heavy red second wine called Goulée.
2009 was an excellent vintage in Bordeaux
Other 2009 Médoc
2009 L’Aile d’Argent Blanc du Chateau Mouton Rothschild: £120
Other wines from Chateau Cos d’Estournel
2005 Chateau Cos d’Estournel: £210
2010 Les Pagodes de Cos: £70
2016 Chateau Cos d’Estournel: £295
2016 Les Pagodes de Cos: £51
2017 Chateau Cos d’Estournel: £145
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