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2016 Pagodes de Cos St Estephe Bordeaux

2016 Pagodes de Cos St Estephe Bordeaux

I love it when Costco carries these second wines from top estates.  In this case, we’re tasting the second bottle from Chateau Cos d’Estournel, whose main estate grand vin is $200-$250.  So accessing this world class property for under $50 is a pretty good way to go.

I still would like to see Costco’s price of $48.99 get more competitive though.  This same bottle, same vintage, is available at Total Wine for the same price and online for about the same as well, both within that $47-$49 range. 

Pagodes de Cos

Knowing this, I almost hesitated buying it, but I love this estate (even had the privilege of visiting the winery a year and half ago) and thought this would be a fun one to add to the site.

The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46.5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Very precise on the Merlot and Cab Franc.  It’s also highly rated pretty much across all the critics with Suckling going 94 points and Wine Enthusiast giving it 93 points.  Wine Advocate and others are all in the 91-93 range too.

The wine pours a deep purple in the glass with an aromatic nose of raspberry and plum, a little barnyard; then more black cherry and dark fruit flavor in the mouth; medium plus to full in body.  Amazing lasting finish that just digs in and won’t let go; a memorable wine in every way.

Pagodes de Cos

As far as Bordeaux goes in this price range, this drinks at the top of the class and not far off from other estate’s first bottles.  2016 was an excellent year too, and this bottle really is a gift of the vintage from a top tier estate at a price, that is not inexpensive of course, but more than fair for what you get. 

Note that Cos d’Estournel’s first wine in this same 2016 vintage received 100 point scores almost across the board. I’m a huge fan of this second bottle at this price point. Highly recommend, and it’s a must buy for Bordeaux lovers. Rating: 93 points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)

Costco item number: 1308701

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Perimeter)

Alc. 13%

Kristi Junkins

Sunday 24th of January 2021

That is a fantastic price for you all. I am a wine manager for Total Wine in the Pacific Northwest and that bottle in my store sells for $74.99. Even with my employee discount I cannot get it for that cheap. I am going to hit up my local Costco and see if I can get it there. Thank you for your great articles.

A Brian Cain

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Clearly, $50 is a lot to pay for any bottle of wine, but, yes considering the Grand Vin goes for 2-300 dollars, $50 is a deal especially when you consider exactly what a "second" wine actually is. With top classified growths like Cos d'Estournel the wine management team is not only very quality conscious but also very very concerned about consistent house style and pedigree. Often, the second wine is second not because of any qualitative difference but because in order to achieve a final blend that epitomizes all that Cos represents over the centuries, they have some wine left over. Same quality, just a slightly different personality. I have never felt the second wine wasn't just as good and occasionally have liked it better especially considering these wines last a long time and show different faces at different times. Sometimes the second wine takes a bit longer to show its class, but, at some point it is phenomenal.

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