Château Cos Labory 2014

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• Domaine: Château Cos Labory
• Appellation: Saint-Estèphe 
• Classification: Fifth Growth, 5ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

Château Cos Labory is a Saint-Estèphe property that has made significant changes over the decades to improve their viticultural practices.  Quality from this producer that was formerly categorized as an underperformer has steadily been climbing, and with it the accolades and scores.  The vintages after 2015 have received mounting critical acclaim featuring scores in the low 90s.  With prices under $100.00, this Fifth Growth producer is an excellent value for those who love the muscular, richly concentrated, powerful wines of Saint-Estèphe. 
 
Château Cos Labory derives its namesake from the hill of Cos, located within the Saint-Estèphe appellation. The first records of the estate date back to the 1700s and it was originally named Cos Gaston. The second portion of its name came from the Gaston family who was managing the property at the time.  Pierre Gaston had three children and the property ultimately went to his son, Hyacinthe.  Hyacinthe and his wife had a child – a little girl named Marie-Sany.  When Marie-Sany came of age, she married a gentleman named Francois-Armand Labory, who received the property as a dowry.  Thus, Château Clos Labory received the second half of its namesake, which it still carries today. 
 
The château produced quite a bit of wine back in the day -- more wine than their nearest neighbor, the “Super Second,” producer, Cos d’Estournel.  Eventually Château Cos Labory was purchased by Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, the father of the Second Growth estate.  He purchased the best vineyard parcels from the estate and transferred them over to Cos d’Estournel.  Cos Labory received the high honor of Fifth Growth status in 1855, but it wasn’t until 1971 when the Weber family took over the property that things started to really change. The Weber Family still owns Cos Labory through descendants, and they have spared no expense in revitalizing and caring for it.  In 1999, they added temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks.  The operations at the estate are very much a family affair, and at Château Cos Labory, they believe in creating wines that one can enjoy when young.  This is somewhat atypical of the Saint-Estèphe appellation, which produces wines that are often backward and ungainly in their youth. 
 
 The current owner, Bernard Audroy, is an oenologist who trained at the Bordeaux Institute.  He  is a huge proponent for Saint-Estèphe – which is an often-misunderstood appellation due to the sheer power the wines possess that borders on austerity.  He  deeply values tradition in his approach and favors Cabernet Sauvignon over Merlot when crafting his wines.  The 18-hectare vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and the vines are an average age of 35 years old.  The vines thrive in their gravel, limestone and clay soils – which are typical of Saint-Estèphe and some parcels are in the middle of the vineyards at Cos d’Estournel.  Cos Labory has made the interesting choice of aging some of their wines in American Oak.  Their wines have a strong, powerful quality to them and a delightful spiciness that complements Asian cuisine beautifully. 

Tasting Notes

"The Château Cos Labory 2014 has a fruit-driven rich bouquet with plenty of blackberry and raspberry jam, a touch of violet emerging with time in the glass. This is far less austere and more pleasurable than practically all recent releases from this growth. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, graphite-tinged black fruit and an elegant finish that is very promising for the future. Has this Saint Estèphe finally made a great wine worthy of its status? Quite possibly." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (5/29/2015, Issue 218),Ratings: 90-92, Drink: 2018-2032

''In the running for the most under the radar of all 1855 estates, this showcases the quality of the vintage. You'll find plenty of black fruit, firm tannins that are a little underripe but add backbond to the wine, and have an easy charm. In the Haut Marbuzet school of characterful, enjoyable St Estèphe, with clear ageing potential. 50% new oak, harvest September 25 to October 13.'' Jane Anson, Best Pomerol 2020 Wines Tasted En Primeur (10/6/2022) Ratings: 91 Drink: 2022-2038

''The 2014 Cos Labory is always rather demeaned during en primeur, however, this vintage showed promise when I tasted it from barrel. Now in bottle, it has a clean graphite and scorched earth-scented bouquet that is correct, but is missing the complexity and tension of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and well-judged acidity, actually showing more potential than the nose with commendable purity on the finish. If the aromatics just evolve more personality, this will be a respectable Cos-Labory.'' Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate (3/31/2017) Ratings: 89 Drink: 2019-2035


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LWIN 1008791
Stock Status In Stock
Appellation Saint-Estèphe
Vintage 2014
Brand Chateau Cos Labory
Shipping Weight 3.000000
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Saint-Estèphe is one of the most famous Left Bank wine appellations, located in the Médoc region in the north of Bordeaux, near Pauillac and Haut-Médoc. Renowned for its robust and complex wines, Saint-Estèphe is distinguished by its rich clay and gravelly soils, which give the wines a solid structure and great longevity.  

 

The wines of Saint-Estephe are made from traditional grape varieties such as Saint-Julien. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape giving the wines structure, power and longevity. It is often accompanied by Merlot which adds roundness and richness, as well as Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot which contribute to the unique character of Saint-Estephe wines. 

 

Saint-Estèphe wines are known for their depth, rich flavors, aromas and ability to age well. Initially powerful and tannic, these wines develop remarkable aromas of black fruits, cassis, spices accompanied by a spectacular color and texture. 

 

Among the most renowned châteaux of Saint-Estèphe boasts a number of 1855 crus classés, including Second Growths: Château Cos d'Estournel and Château Montrose and Third Growths Château Calon Ségur

 

This globally recognized appellation is home to other estates as Château Lafon-Rochet, Château Cos Labory, Château Meyney, Château Phélan Ségur, Château Capbern, Château Lilian Ladouys or Château Ormes de Pez

 

Here a short video : Les genèses du terroir de Saint-Estèphe

 

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