Cos d’Estournel: I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore

Cos d’Estournel: I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore

Post by Alex Shaw | April 4th, 2011

During En Primeurs, Bordeaux is extremely busy (picture restaurants with people spilling out the doors and cars bumper to bumper on the roads), and appointments are an absolute must.  In fact, as many as a thousand or more visit requests may have to be denied by a prominent chateau, as Cos d’Estournel director Jean-Guillaume Prats told us on Monday.  Luckily, we made the cut.

The Lap of Luxury

Entering the Cos d’Estournel tasting room, which is like no other in Bordeaux, you might think you were entering the lobby of a swank midtown Manhattan hotel.  Dark stone floors and walls, red carpets, high tables for tasting, complete with back lighting, and soft music filling the spacious hall. The wines—Goulee, Pagodes de Estournel and Cos d’Estournel—were big and impressively structured, certainly well received by the JJ Buckley team, but we were probably most overwhelmed by the tasting room.  For lack of a better word, it is just….cool. (more…)