Although a hotly anticipated release, Cos d’Estournel, with its position next to Lafite, is arguably St Estèphe’s answer to a first growth.
The 2019 was offered to us this morning with a score of 97-99 points from The Wine Advocate and sitting at £684 per 6 bottles IB.
In our eyes, there are two ways of looking at the release. The position of the price in the graph above points to the 2017 as a better value option, with the potential to rise higher up the ratings, whilst the 2016 looks like the obvious purchase for anyone looking at the wine from a more financial perspective.
On the other hand, Cos is still seriously good value when you contextualise it within its peer group- the scores really do warrant the ‘first growth of Saint Estèphe’ claim and with the potential for this year’s release to morph into a higher score, as indicated by the ‘+’ sign, it is one that Cos collectors will undoubtedly still find a place in their cellars for.
‘This wine so beautifully, clearly captures the juxtaposition between the periods of dry heat and those hallelujah moments of refreshing rain – the hallmarks of this great vintage. It’s a vinous masterpiece in the making.’
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Jun 2020)