Cos d’Estournel launches ‘COS100’

Bordeaux second growth Cos d’Estournel has released a limited edition wine from the 2015 vintage made from centennial Merlot vines planted by women during the First World War.

The wine, produced from a plot known as the ‘Parcelle des Femmes’, was created in honour if its hundredth anniversary and the women who were responsible for planting it.

Now a “revered” plot in the heart of the estate’s vineyards, the vines in Parcelle des Femmes today were planted in 1915 by women who were drafted in to work the fields – as women were all over France and the rest of Europe – following the call-up of their menfolk to the frontlines.

Only 110 large format bottles of the wine have been released – 10 Balthazars (12 litres) and 100 double magnums (3 litres) – which will be sold exclusively through private sales with the exception of two of the Balthazars which are to be auctioned by Sotheby’s, one in New York in February and one in Hong Kong in March, to benefit the Elephant Family, a non-profit organisation that seeks to save Indian elephants from extinction through field projects, conservation efforts and habitat rehabilitation.

Each bottle has been individually numbered and will feature an engraved inscription rather than a label as well as being presented in bespoke wood and leather cases.

Cos d’Estournel’s owner, Michel Reybier, said: “The release of COS100 signifies the incredible journey that began with Louis Gaspard d’Estournel.

“With COS100, I want to pay tribute to the terroir, and to acknowledge the women who, more than a hundred years ago, courageously worked in the vineyard to ensure the continuity of the estate.

“A symbol of transmission, COS100 is a unique wine nurtured over several generations, a powerful link between a glorious past and a promising future. It is with great pride that I reveal an exceptional wine, a testimony of our permanent quest for excellence that fosters the legend of Cos d’Estournel.”

Ruth Powys, CEO of Elephant Family, added: “We are honored by Cos d’Estournel’s commitment to our work to save Asia’s endangered elephants and we are delighted by this meaningful association on the COS100 events. It testifies Cos d’Estournel’s long-lasting admiration for Indian culture, and especially, the elephant.”

The rest of the bottles will be offered to privater clients following the sale of the two Balthazars at auction. Price on request.

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