Wine Region: Saint-Estephe, France
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
The wine has black currant and black cherry fruit notes, medium body, surprisingly good texture and a soft finish. An attractive, plump effort, it will drink well for a decade. It mirrors its grander sibling as it is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot.
About the Winery
Louis Gaspard d'Estournel had already seen the remarkable potential of his vines. With this intuition, he has continued to expand the vineyard, acquiring the best parcels of the hill, valued "single class second category" highest level of terminology then in effect.
Today, the 100 hectares of Cos d'Estournel are composed of a mosaic of a multitude of plots. Planted two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, they are supplemented by Merlot, and in a small proportion by Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
With an average age of 45 years, the vineyard of Cos d'Estournel has some very old feet, many between 80 and 100 years, which represent an incomparable opportunity for the property. These old vines bring depth and structure to the wine and reflect the complexity of the soil in which they draw the deepest elements. The Grand Vin de Cos d'Estournel is made with 55 years old average grapes.