Have you ever wondered what makes the distinguished taste of a wine? It does not only depend on the grape, but rather on a combination of small little things that bring the magic into a bottle. Cos d’Estournel recently confess to Ad Astra Lifestyle Magazine the secret of their exceptional taste and open their door for you to discover and experience a delightful tour of their estate…
Cos d’Estournel’s Legendary Vintages Gift Set
Second Growth of Saint-Estephe in the Bordeaux region, Chateau Cos d’Estournel has just released a vertical collection gathering 6 of the best vintages of the past four decades. Buyers will have the pleasure to get their hands on exceptional wines directly out of the producer’s cellar and they will also receive an invitation for 4 guests to spend a day at Chateau Cos d’Estournel and discover the estate.
What will visitors find at Cos d’Estournel?
Beautiful vineyard landscapes: Chateau Cos d’Estournel is located in the North of the Medoc sub-region of Bordeaux, around the small village of Saint-Estèphe. The gravel hills hosting the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards overlook the Garonne River providing beautiful views over the Medoc vineyards. Adding to the spectacle, to get there, one will have to take the Route des Grands Crus, a beautiful road zigzagging through all the prestigious local appellations and estates of Margaux, Pauillac and Saint-Julien.
Unique winery architecture: when he had his new winery built in the 1830’s, Chateau Cos d’Estournel’s founder, Louis-Gaspard d’Estournel wished to commemorate his passion for India, and the travels and trade he had done with the country. Nicknamed the “Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe”, he constructed the famous Asian-inspired Pagodas and ornaments which we still see today. Contrasting with the outside, the interior was entirely renovated over the mid 2000’s in a very modern if not futuristic style including a gravity-driven storehouse, a glass bridge over the barrel room, and elephant-decorated wine cellar.
The 6 vintages assembled in the numbered wooden gift set are 1982, 1989, 2003, 2005 2009 and 2010. What the producer says about them:
“1982: The highly complex 1982 vintage offers the consummate elegance of a very great Cos d’Estournel. The year enjoys a legendary status in the Bordeaux area, both for its abundant harvest and for the exceptional quality of the wines it produced.
1989: The year saw the earliest harvest in the whole of the last century, and the emblematic 1989 vintage, with its fleshy structure, is a perfect embodiment of the Cos d’Estournel style. Complex aromas of spices and ripe fruit, combined with well-integrated tannins, a velvety texture on the palate and superb persistence, make this a quite exceptional vintage.
2003:This vintage of remarkable freshness, born of an exceptionally hot year, reveals flamboyant aromas of liquorice and black fruit. The precise and elegant finish confirms its stature as a remarkable wine for this exceedingly great year..
2005: In a year of exceptionally fine weather, the 2005 vintage fulfils the potential offered by the year’s grapes. Deep purple in colour, it reveals astonishing aromas of spices and chocolate, with a wonderful expression of fruit.. The deep, rich structure of this very great Cos d’Estournel offers outstanding aging potential.
2009: A nose marked by dark fruit, a stylish and full palate and a very dense yet fine-grained tannic structure make the 2009 vintage a flamboyant wine. At once powerful and velvety smooth, generous and fresh, this great and unique Cos d’Estournel is an extraordinary wine.
2010: With its deep, intense, almost blue-black colour, the 2010 vintage is generous on the nose and the palate. Both precise and fresh with a serious and full-bodied tannic structure, this is a dazzling wine.Powerful and elegant, it embodies the qualities of a very great Cos d’Estournel to perfection, and requires patience if its full complexity is to be enjoyed.”
Question: What’s special about the six vintages of this limited edition gift set and how have they been selected?
Answer: These are 6 emblematic vintages from Cos, all outstanding successes and representative of the style of the wine estate with stylish elegance and character. They have been selected because each one is distinctive in its own way, but all of them are magnificent.
Question: When would you recommend these different vintages to be tasted? Could they all be tasted all at once someday?
Answer: The vintages 1982, 1989 and 2003 can be tasted as of now but they have the potential to wait a little more years. 2005, 2009 and 2010 require more patience – between 5 to 15 years- for their full complexity to be enjoyed.
Question: What will your guests experience at Cos d’Estournel during this unique day at the estate?
Answer: The guest will spend a privileged day at Cos d’Estournel. The visit includes a tour of the vineyard and the cellars, discovering in particular the innovative gravity system, a vertical tasting commented by the Technical Director of the Château and a lunch made by the Chef with regional products…exceptional moments the guest will live like a real immersion in the world of Cos d’Estournel.
The Chateau Cos d’Estournel luxury gift set is priced at £ 4.750 and exclusively distributed online by millesima.co.uk