A Château with 209 Years of History
Chateau Cos d’Estournel has a long and distinguished history as a Bordeaux wine property in the St. Estephe appellation that is as interesting as the estate’s unique architecture. Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, gave his name to the estate after founding in 1811.
Chateau Cos d’Estournel was one of the first Bordeaux chateaux to bottle, label and sell their own wine. This practice continued until the death of the Chateau founder, Louis Gaspard d’Estournel in 1852.
The owner preferred selling his wine directly to his customers. In fact, Chateau Cos d’Estournel was exported to numerous countries across the globe, with a large portion of the production being sold to India.
It was that connection to India that inspired much of the unique, east Indian design we see at within the Chateau and other buildings at Cos d’Estournel today.
Since the death of the original founder, the estate has changed hands many times - But the wine has remained as good as it originally was to achieve its Grand Cru status in 1855.
Chateau Cos d’Estournel is clearly one of the best wine producers in the Bordeaux region.
The 91 hectare vineyard of Chateau Cos d’Estournel is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
The vineyard is located close to the border between Pauillac and Saint Estephe at the southern tip of the Saint Estephe appellation.
The wines are rich, sensuous, age worthy, concentrated, refined, powerful, elegant and tannic. They are meant to age. Even though these wines are packed, everything is in perfect balance. The perfume offers a unique incense quality, that is not found in other Bordeaux wines.
Chateau Cos d’Estournel can be enjoyed early, with a long decanting, but it is not when the wine shows its best. The wine is much better with several years of bottle age.
Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Most vintages demand at least 12 to 20 years before the wine starts showing its best attributes.
Chateau Cos d’Estournel offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-40 years of life.
Young vintages can be decanted for 2-4 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting.
At Blend Bistro & Wine Bar we have both the 1981 and 1994 vintages of Château Cos d'Estournel available for you to enjoy - Both perfectly sitting at the perfect age for drinking.