Goulée by Cos d’Estournel is hewn of fruit from the northern Médoc, abutting the estuary of the Gironde. The hillside on which the vineyard is planted was once a small island. Akin to Maremma and the coastal regions of Tuscany, this Bordeaux sub-zone is known for riper, richer and more powerful iterations of red wine than the more astringent, mid-weighted Bordeaux norm.
The region experiences gentler diurnal swings than the Haut-Médoc, a strong maritime influence and richer alluvial soils, dominated by deep gravels. This is a platform for polished, firmly architected modernist expressions. The serendipity of these factors aligning ensures optimal ripeness in the vineyard, while conferring a countenance of black fruits, exotic spice, salubrious oak and a smooth piste of immaculately groomed tannins to the ensuing wines.
73% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc Deep crimson. Intense red cherry, cassis aromas and herb notes. Juicy and supple sine with black currant dried roses, fine chalky tannins. Finishes long and juicy. Attractive wine.
91 points, Andrew Caillard MW.
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Goulée by Cos d'Estournel (a blend of 73% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, aged in 20% new oak barriques), rolls effortlessly out of the glass with cheery, open-knit scents of plum preserves, boysenberries and Black Forest cake plus wafts of woodsmoke and pencil lead. The soft-textured, medium-bodied palate is bursting with juicy black fruits, lifted by a lively backbone and finishing with lovely purity.
90 points, Wine Advocate (April 2021)
A juicy, fruity red with lots of round, chewy tannins. Tobacco and leaf undertones. It’s full and savory.
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (January 2021)
The 2018 Goulée by Cos d'Estournel is a very pretty wine that balances fruit intensity with expressive aromatic top notes. Rose petal, mint, dried flowers, licorice and espresso lift a core of red/purplish berry fruit as this stylish, Merlot-based Médoc shows off its considerable allure. The blend is 73% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. Yields were just 33 hectoliters per hectare, as opposed to the more typical 45-50. Give it a good deal of aeration.
The 2018 Goulée By Cos D'Estournel comes from the northern Médoc (north of Saint-Estèphe) and is mostly Merlot blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The northern Médoc excelled in 2018, and readers will love this wine. Lots of black cherry and darker berry fruits as well as leafy herbs, cedarwood, and a touch of tobacco define the nose, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a plump, round, nicely texture mouthfeel, some floral notes with air, and a fresh yet balanced finish. It's the finest version of this cuvée to date and is ideal for enjoying over the coming 5-7 years.
90 points, JebDunnuck.com (March 2021)
This Médoc estate has the same winemaking team as Château Cos d'Estournel in Saint-Estèphe. This wine is sumptuously rich, with cushioned tannins and layers of black fruits. This ripe wine will age quickly and will be ready from 2022.
90 points, Wine Enthusiast (May 2021)