The wines from Ormes de Pez are powerful, yet characterised by their harmonious structure. They are indulgent and pleasurable, and combine a smooth, fleshy texture with the distinctive elegance of a Saint-Estèphe.
Les Pagodes de Cos is, strictly speaking, Cos d’Estournel’s “second wine”. The vines that produce it are eventually used for the “Grand Vin” which is an 1855 Grand Cru Classé. They are grown on the same terroir and are treated in the same way.
The history of wine at Château Montrose dates back to 1815, when Etienne Théodore Dumoulin planted a vineyard on his patch of heathland that "Prince of Vines" Nicolas Alexandre de Ségur had sold to his family. Just 40 years later, the wine was already so good that it was included as a Second Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.
The estate of Château Cos d'Estournel sits right on the southern border of the Saint-Estèphe appellation; just down the road lies Château Lafite Rothschild, in the neighbouring Pauillac commune.