Cos d'Estournel Blanc 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

93-95+

Wine Advocate

The 2020 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is composed of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, with an alcohol of 14% and a pH of 3.15. The harvest took place August 31–September 10 with a yield of 24 hectoliters per hectare. It is aging in French oak barrels, 8% new. It bursts from the glass with vibrant notes of lime blossoms, fresh grapefruit and white peaches, plus hints of ripe pears and lemongrass with wafts of chalk dust and wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate is charged with intense citrus and stony flavors, supported by a seriously racy line of acidity, finishing long and minerally.
Drink Date
2025 - 2040
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

91-93

Neal Martin

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel Blanc has an attractive nose, the Sémillon component more expressive than previous vintages, offering scents of beeswax, acacia honey, tinned white peaches and a hint of chamomile. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry, the spiciness on the front end and stem ginger and lemongrass getting the saliva flowing. Showing good weight and balance and an almost understated finish, this is quite simply a dry white Bordeaux that you want to keep drinking more of. Excellent.
- vinous.com

93-94

Michael Schuster

(66% SB, 34% SM; 24hl/ha; 14% ABV; 8% new)
Pale lemon, already a hint of Semillon wax; rich, vital, concentrated, fairly structured dry white; flesh and finesse, a surprising aromatic volume and complexity at relatively moderate alcohol; a dry white Bordeaux of great class, considerable finesse, and with terrific length. As so often, this is the quality equivalent of a top premier cru white Burgundy. Striking, individual, great dry white wine. 2023–30+.

98-99

James Suckling

A super white with dense mango, lemon and lime, as well as some clove and nutmeg. Full-bodied, really complete and long. Sensational. So much potential here. 66% sauvignon blanc and 34% semillon.

16.5+

Jancis Robinson

66% Sauvignon Blanc, 34% Sémillon. Cask sample.
More length and precision than the Pagodes Blanc. Pin-point citrus note with a touch of vanilla oak. Good depth of fresh fruit on the palate then length and persistence. Really quite vibrant. (JL)

91-93

Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Cos d'Estournel Blanc balances the radiance of a warm growing season with the energy of a cooler year so gracefully. Sémillon plays a greater role in the blend and that brings out a good deal of depth in the peach and orchard fruit flavors.
Vinous.com

96

Jeff Leve

Vivacious, bright, yellow citrus, lime, green apple, tangerine and honeysuckle notes are there for the taking on the nose and palate. Crisp and energetic, with a long blast of zesty green apples, lemon peel and a hint of vanilla in the finish. This is among the best vintages of Cos d'Estournel Blanc ever produced. The wine blends 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon. 96

95

Decanter

Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)

Touch of reduction on the nose, gunsmoke and flint, this is gastronomic and serious, the fint and citrus flavours are hidden at first. A brilliant one-two punch with the first and second wines in the Cos stable this year.

Drinking Window 2023 - 2035