"The Pagodas of Cos" delivers again, one of the most attractively-priced second wines in Bordeaux. This will likely be equal parts Cab and Merlot, with a smattering of Petit Verdot and Cab Franc. All of the haunting, gravelly perfume of Cos is here, in an earlier-drinking format. Wine Enthusiast calls it "sumptuous and elegant at the same time. The black currant fruit and acidity are a foil for the powerful tannic structure."
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.