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Chateau Cos d'Estournel has a long and distinguished history as a Bordeaux wine property in the St. Estephe appellation that is as interesting as the estate's unique architecture. Louis Gaspard d'Estournel, gave his name to the estate after founding in 1811.
It did not take more than a few years before Chateau Cos d'Estournel became famous with wine lovers and royalty all over the world. In those early days, the wines of Cos d'Estournel were not sold through the Negociant system.
The owner preferred selling his wine directly to his customers. In fact, Chateau Cos d'Estournel was exported to numerous countries across the globe, with a large portion of the production being sold to India. It was that connection to India that inspired much of the unique, east Indian design we see at Cos d'Estournel today.
Chateau Cos d'Estournel was one of the first Bordeaux chateaux to bottle, label and sell their own wine. This practice continued until the death of Louis Gaspard d'Estournel in 1852. If you're at the property, the statue on the bench in the front courtyard is of the founder, Louis Gaspard d'Estournel.
The estate was next purchased by an owner that sold their wines on the Place de Bordeaux, using the negociant system.
You can be assured that if the chateau was not selling their wines through the negociant system, it would never have been included in the 1855 Classification! So that turned out to be a fortuitous decision indeed.
Chateau Cos d'Estournel was sold to the Charmolue family who you may know as the owner of the neighboring estate of Chateau Montrose. They continued to own the estate until 1917, when it was bought by Fernand Ginestet. That purchase was the beginning of the next major step in the development of Cos d'Estournel.
Chateau Cos d'Estournel, the Modern Era
Decades later, the grandchildren of Fernand Ginestet, Jean-Marie Prats, Yves Prats and Bruno Prats took over ownership and management of Cos d'Estournel.
In 1995, Cos d'Estournel became one of the first brands to begin promoting the sale of their wines in China. Bruno Prats sold the property to the Merlaut family, owners of the Taillan Group in 1998.
The next era in the development of Chateau Cos d'Estournel took place in 2000, when Chateau Cos d'Estournel was bought by the industrious and wealthy Michel Reybier, who earned his fortune in the food industry.
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