In 1791, Louis Gaspard d’Estournel inherited the Cos and Pomys estates, which included 14 hectares of vines. Totally devoted to his estate, Louis Gaspard d’Estournel fought tirelessly to improve it and sometimes even to keep it. His infatuation with Cos d’Estournel led him on several occasions to sell it to pay off his debts, and then to buy back the object of his fascination. Exported to India as early as 1838, the wine was the source of Louis Gaspard d’Estournel’s passion for these countries. Like an invitation to travel, he was inspired by it to imagine the architecture of Cos d’Estournel, which he wanted to be a sumptuous palace dedicated to wine.
He chose to decorate his château with monumental pagodas. This exotic allure testifies to his inclination, which even earned him the nickname of Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe. This is how he maintains his share of mystery and gives his property its unique originality in the world. The ardour and tenacity he showed throughout his life underline his desire to make Cos d’Estournel a first-rate property and to produce one of the best wines in the world. It was with this aim in mind that he acquired many of the finest plots of land in the appellation. This quest for excellence was rewarded during his lifetime, as his wine was recognised by the trade as a second Médoc grand cru. Unfortunately, he died two years before the 1855 Classification, which made Cos d’Estournel a Second Cru Classé, was legitimised. Owner of Cos d’Estournel since 2000, Michel Reybier is an entrepreneur who cultivates simplicity and discretion. Far from being a simple financial investment, the acquisition of this Second Cru Classé in 1855 is a clearly stated choice. In his eyes, “it’s Cos or nothing”.
Captivated by this extraordinary property as much as by the daring personality of its founder, he has shown a real attachment to Cos d’Estournel. Involved in the decisions, actively present throughout the year, Michel Reybier contributes fully to the development of the estate, following in the footsteps of Louis Gaspard d’Estournel. Like him, his story with Cos d’Estournel is one of passion.