It’s not fair being a complete and glorious wine, yet living in the shadow of your elders. Pagodes is the second wine of 100 point Cos d’Estournel and trying to prove it can jump as high. Jeb Dunnuck agrees “2009 Pagodes De Cos is a blockbuster that I wish I had more of in the cellar.” This wine is set apart from other second labels, and worthy of a spot in your cellar.
The brilliant 2009 Les Pagodes de Cos actually has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than the grand vin (69% versus 65%) in addition to mostly Merlot and a small quantity of Petit Verdot. As powerful as the Cos in terms of alcoholic clout (14.5%), the full-bodied, round, generous Les Pagodes de Cos exhibits lots of creme de cassis and floral notes intermixed with hints of wood/barrique and spice. Juicy, succulent and remarkably fresh and well-delineated, it merits considerable attention from consumers. It should drink well for 15-20 years. Oddly enough, the second wine is superior to many vintages of Cos in the 1960s 1970s and 1980s!