2016 Chateau Cos d'Estournel Blanc St-Estephe Grand Cru Classe PRE-ARRIVAL

$124.95
JS96-97

Typically 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon, Suckling flipped for this one, calling it A layered and deep white with beautiful fruit giving mango, sliced-lemon and green-pineapple character. Full-bodied and so flavorful. Love the phenolic balance. One of the best dry whites of the vintage."

NOTE: PRE-ARRIVAL OFFERING; WINE ARRIVES IN FALL 2019; YOUR ORDER IS NOT FINAL UNTIL CONFIRMED BY YOUR WINE SCOUT.

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Situated between Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe, and separated from Château Lafite by the stream known as La Jalle du Breuil (The Breuil Brook), the hill of Cos rises dominates the Gironde from the height of almost 65 feet. Certainly impressive to lay eyes on, and it's exactly what sets the wine apart as well - both in the bottle and on the label. In the old Gascon language, the word "Cos" means "The Hill of Pebbles." And as a matter of fact, the hill of Cos, which is situated on the banks of the Gironde, is an impressive accumulation of Quaternary gravel wrested from the distant mountains of the Massif Central and the Pyrenees and laid on Saint-Estèphe's limestone bed when the primeval river receded. These well-draining slopes formed by erosion have deep layers of gravel - making it not only a geological curiosity, but one of the most precious terroir in the world. Vines can root deeply into these arid soils looking for moisture. As a result the vines work hard and end up producing an intensely flavored and one-of-a-kind wine.

Varietal:
White Blend
Winemaker:
Jean-Guillaume Prats
Vintage:
2016
Country of Origin:
France
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
St. Estephe
Total Varietal Composition %:
75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon
SKU #:
1WCDE16IW3
JS96-97

James Suckling

A layered and deep white with beautiful fruit giving mango, sliced-lemon and green-pineapple character. Full-bodied and so flavorful. Love the phenolic balance. One of the best dry whites of the vintage.