Cos d'Estournel | Saint Estèphe
Classified as a 2ème Cru Classé, Château Cos d`Estournel is named after its 19th century owner, Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel. Louis-Gaspard was nicknamed the “Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe” and was responsible for building the oriental edifice that is a landmark for any tourist in the Médoc. Located to the south of the appellation, on the border with Pauillac, Cos d'Estournel is without doubt the leading estate in Saint Estéphe. It's vineyards are superbly sited on a south-facing gravel ridge with a high clay content, just north of Château Lafite Rothschild. The Grand Vin is typically a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc producing full-bodied, dark, brooding tannic wines when young yet which develop a complexity and intensity that can rival many top growths from Pauillac. In 2000 the property was purchased by Michel Reybier, who also owns Chãteau La Mascaronne in Provence, Champagne Jeeper and the Tokaj-Hétszőlő Estate in Hungary.