Bordeaux 2011: Lafite, Cos & Gazin

Today saw the release of two of the big Châteaux, with our release of 2011 Lafite-Rothschild and Cos d’Estournel, as well as Gazin, an ever popular Pomerol. Bordeaux 2011 Cos d'Estournel 2011

Lafite-Rothschild (£2799 for 6 bottles in bond) has been offered primarily to those clients who have expressed interest, however, please let us know if you are interested in case by emailing fine.wine@laywheeler.com

Rumours abounded last year that Cos d’Estournel had lost most of its crop due to hail, but it appears this was not the case, with yields actually being marginally higher in 2011 than 2010. Our price forCosthis year is actually less than half of the price last year, which is extraordinary.

Gazin is one of the most reliable properties in Pomerol, producing perhaps a more modern style, but certainly a very classy one. This year, in a vintage that favoured the right bank, they have performed exceptionally well.

The wines are available to purchase online on a first-come-first-served basis.

2011 Château Cos d’Estournel, Cru Classé St-Estèphe
£513 per case of 6 bottles in bond
Jean-Guillaume Prats has produced a very classicalCosthis year from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. In contrast with previous, more lush vintages, it is a somewhat austere and very serious style, dark, tannic and uncompromising. This will need time to unfold and open up but when it does, the result should be very impressive indeed.
Drinking: 2020-2035 

2011 Les Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe
£162 per case of 6 bottles in bond
The 2011 blend is of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot (the latter variety quite successful in 2011). Pagodes shows a nose that blends savoury, animal characters with dark fruit and notes of blackcurrant leaf and dark cocoa. The palate follows through with impressive extract and full yet leafy flavours. The structure of the wine is provided by firm and grippy tannins and should help it age well.
Drinking: 2016-2021

2011 Château Gazin, Pomerol
£225 per case of 6 bottles in bond
Ever the elegant Pomerol, Château Gazin’s leafy, crushed strawberry nose is followed on the palate by a rich, round and generous offering. Notes of mocha, alcohol-soaked morello cherries and violets give a peacock’s tail finish and the promise of a fantastically complex and delicious wine once it reaches maturity.
Drinking: 2017-2030

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