Decanter is delighted to announce its second virtual masterclass featuring the wines of Bordeaux ‘Super Second’ Château Cos d’Estournel.

Technical Director Dominique Arangoïts will join Decanter’s Jane Anson to present the St-Estèphe château’s famed wines including vertical comparisons of the flagship Cos d’Estournel and distinctive Pagodes des Cos cuvées as well as the critically acclaimed Cos d'Estournel Blanc.

Both Arangoïts and Anson will present this very special masterclass direct from the château and will explore the estate’s unrivalled commitment to excellence via these truly exceptional wines.

Date: Friday 26 February 2021
Time: 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
Hosts: Dominique Arangoïts (Château Cos d'Estournel) & Jane Anson (Decanter)
Ticket types and price: £195 (including wine samples - UK only), £10 (link only - wines samples not included)

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  • Cos d’Estournel Blanc 2017 
  • Pagodes de Cos 2010
  • Pagodes de Cos 2016 
  • Château Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe, 2ème Cru Classé 2010
  • Château Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe, 2ème Cru Classé  2016
  • Château Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe, 2ème Cru Classé  1996

Château Cos d'Estournel

Founded in 1811, Château Cos d’Estournel in St-Estèphe is a landmark in more than one way. The extraordinary pagoda-like edifice, complete with gargoyles and carved door from a palace in Zanzibar, makes a striking statement across the Médocain landscape. The wines, too, are distinctive. A mix of elegance and power with a slightly exotic edge, they are among the best that can be found in Bordeaux today.

Cos in the old Gascon tongue means ‘hill of pebbles’ and that is where the vines are planted. About 20m above the marshy lowland on the opposite side of the tiny Jalle de Breuil (stream) from Château Lafite Rothschild, a mound of quaternary gravel atop a limestone bedrock provides the ideal terroir for the 100ha (hectare) vineyard. The aspect is south, southeast facing, the free-draining gravel ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon (60%); on the slopes where the clay is more prominent, Merlot (40%) can be readily adapted.

Since 2000, the 1855 Second Growth estate has belonged to Michel Reybier. Wishing to follow the avant-garde vision of the founder and to take a decisive technical lead, in 2008 he built the first Bordeaux wine cellar working purely by gravity. This tool helps in the search for excellence at the estate and allows for the grapes to be treated with true respect. And so the great terroir of Cos d'Estournel has been further enhanced, illustrated by the Grand Vin Cos d’Estournel and Pagodes de Cos.

Masterclass Hosts

Dominique Arangoïts

Basque by origin, Dominique's vocation led him first to Alsace, then to Hungary (whose language he speaks fluently) with Disznokő estate, which he ran for seven years. Building on this rich experience, he returned to France in 2000 to join Château Cos d'Estournel and its exceptional terroir. 

He has been the Technical Director of Cos d’Estournel since 2002 and has demonstrated a dynamism which cannot be faulted. Behind a reserved exterior, he leads boldly and without hesitation on the ambitious projects of Cos d'Estournel spearheading the ambition of making timeless wines.

Jane Anson

Jane Anson is Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent and columnist and has lived in the region since 2003. She is the author of Inside Bordeaux (BB&R Publishing 2020), Wine Revolution, The Club of Nine and Bordeaux Legends, a history of the 1855 First Growth wines, as well as co-author or translator of over a dozen wine and travel books.

Jane has won several awards for her writing, including Louis Roederer Wine Online Communicator of the Year 2020, and Born Digital Best Editorial 2020.

She is a graduate of the DUAD tasting diploma with the Bordeaux Institute of Oenology and an accredited wine teacher at the Bordeaux École du Vin.