Located in the commune of Saint-Estèphe on the left bank of the Gironde and one of most uniquely recognizable Château in all of Bordeaux (its architecture influenced by the styles of East India) comes the distinguished estate of Cos d’Estournel. While officially classified as a Second Growth in the 1855 Classification, Cos d’Estournel is often referred to as a “Super Second”, with its wines often rivalling those of First Growth status. This prestige is due to multiple factors: the high gravel content in the soil, the unusually high prevalence of Merlot in its blend (up to 40% giving the wine its signature texture), and not least of which is its vinification system, which is unique in Bordeaux. The wine cellars are completely operated by gravity, no pumps are used whatsoever. This gentle handling allows for a wine with remarkable purity and transparency of terroir. The wines are rich and sensuous, elegant, and refined. Cos also produces one of the best second wines in Bordeaux, Les Pagodes de Cos. The estate is planted to 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot.