Robert Parker 93
The 2018 Les Pagodes de Cos (14.51% alcohol) is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, aging in 20% new barriques. Deep garnet-purple in color, it bursts from the glass with bold notions of Morello cherries, blackcurrant pastilles, plum preserves and spice cake with suggestions of pencil shavings and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with spicy black fruits, framed by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering savory note.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2036
Tasted blind. Charry blackberries on the nose with structure and real follow-through. Some St-Estèphe stoniness discernible through the fruit. Long.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2040
The 2018 Les Pagodes de Cos is racy and punchy in the glass. Dark red cherry, red plum, spice, blood orange and dried herbs and cedar meld together. The 2018 really needs a good bit of air to open. I suspect it is still in a period of closure after bottling.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2033