Ch√Ęteau Cos d'Estournel

History and Ownership


Chateau Cos d'Estournel is a second-growth Saint Estephe wine estate situated just to the north of Chateau Lafite Rothschild and close to the Garonne estuary. It's a close neighbor of both Pauillac first growth estate Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Saint Estephe producer Chateau Montrose. 

The estate's second wine is Pagodes de Cos, while it also makes a Cos d'Estournel Blanc white wine and a separate label called Coulee by Cos d'Estournel.


Cos d'Estournel priced its 2016 vintage at 120 euros ($130) a bottle ex-negociant, in line with its 2015 release price, according to data collated by the London-based Liv-ex wine market. 

It was put on sale at 1,400 pounds ($1,791) per 12-bottle case by London merchants, up 10 percent in sterling terms from the 2015 vintage, according to Liv-ex data posted on its website April 24. That reflected the decline in the pound against the euro since the United Kingdom's vote on June 23 to leave the European Union. 

The price makes 2016 the most expensive vintage of Cos d'Estournel currently on the market since the 2010, and of the past 12 vintages it is only surpassed in current market price by the 2010, 2009 and 2005 wines, according to Liv-ex data. 

Vintage Roundup

According to Cos d'Estournel's website, the composition and characteristics of recent vintages are as follows:

2015:  Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 23.5%, Cabernet Franc 1.5% 
"Intense yet mellow notes of spice" with a "complex aromatic signature."

2014:  Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 2%
"Nice density and an aromatic richness."

2013:  Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 2%
"Wonderful freshness."

2012:  Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 22%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Petit Verdot 1%
"Suave attack" with a "rich and sweet medium palate" and a "mineral and tense finale."

2011:  Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 5%
"Pleasant aromas with a floral side."

2010:  Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 19%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Petit Verdot 1%
"An explosive bouquet of an incredible freshness. At the same time powerful and elegant."

2009:  Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 2%
"Black fruits on the nose" and "an opulent wine full of extravagance." "Powerful and velvety."

2008:  Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 13%, Cabernet Franc 2%
"Classic style with elegant finesse."

2007:  Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 12%, Cabernet Franc 3%
"Soft and velvety" with "sweet spices" and "grilled red fruit."

2006:  Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 2%
"Energetic and delicious" with "powerful" tannins and aromas showing "freshness and vividness."

2005:  Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 19%, Cabernet Franc 3%
Wine showing "exceptional harmony," "impressive aromatic complexity" and "remarkable potential for aging for at least 15 years."

2004:  Cabernet Sauvignon 74%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 3%
An "elegant" wine, "woody and spicy."

2003:  Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 27%, Cabernet Franc 1%, Petit Verdot 2%
"Despite the oppressive heat during the harvest, berries were able to maintain a great freshness," producing a wine with a "flamboyant nose" and a "fresh and warm finale."

2002:  Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 38%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 1%
A year of weak yields produced a wine with a "soft and velvety attack" and a "persistent spicy finale" redolent of "tobacco and incense."

2001:  Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 45%
"Silky and velvety, with a very long finale."

2000:  Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 40%
"Soft and fresh" with a "beautiful aromatic expression."

1996: Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 35%
"Candied and fruity aromas" with "silky tannins" and "toasted notes."

1990: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 40%
"Fruity and very fleshy aromas" of Merlot combined with "powerful yet silky" Cabernet Sauvignon tannins.

1989: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 40%
"Unparalleled elegance."

1985: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 40%
"Fabulously fragrant" with "rounded tannins"

1982: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 40%
"Opulent notes of very ripe fruit and spices" making for a "very rich and complex wine."


Vintage Prices

Prices are drawn from surveying websites of the following merchants and brokers:  

AFW        Atlas Fine Wines                   
BBR         Berry Bros. & Rudd               
BBX         Berry Bros. Broking Exchange
BIX          BI                                             
BIL          BI LiveTrade                           
BON        Bonham's Auctions               
CHR        Christie's Auctions                 
FVN        Farr Vintners                          
FRW       Fine + Rare Wines                  
J&B         Justerini & Brooks                  
SOB        Sotheby's Auctions                 

WOS      Wine Owners                           
While every effort is made to check the accuracy of prices and quantities quoted, they are subject to change on a daily basis and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Prices are intended as reference only and should be cross-referenced against the original source websites.