2005 Pape Clement 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan | Cru Classe/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2005 Pape Clement
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($160-$325) Good deep red-ruby. Superripe, expressive nose offers black plum, smoke, spices and leather. Denser, sweeter and fatter than the 2006; even more generous and forward today. But this impressively chewy and rich wine also has a powerful underlying spine and plenty of lurking power. Finishes very ripe and very long, with the tannins buried by smoky, minerally soil tones.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Score:
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/16/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
a beautiful bordeaux
Score: 92
Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 10/30/2013
Score: 95
Author: botro
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/07/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Dark in color with some of the standard Graves aromas of old earth, gravel and fruit and yes, slight smoke/tobacco. Rich flavors of the same aromas with relatively smooth tannins. Still young and will need more time, but based on some of the hype about this wine, I was expecting a little more in terms of fruit and thickness (then again maybe I was more in the mood for a California Cab). Don't get me wrong, this is an excellent wine with nice character, elegance and quite smooth texture. Decanted for 90 minutes and would have benefited from more time had I not been thirsty... enjoyable now but will keep.
Score: 93
Author: Tato
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/31/2013
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Nose: smoke, black fruit, earthy. Taste: Full-bodied, good length, generous, still this very pleasant smoke and earth notes, black fruit jam. Could be drunk now but as potential to age thanks to its tannins.
Score:
Author: Edward Z
Tasted On: 07/06/2008
Mocha; good structure, very nice fruit and approachable. Perhaps not at the Parker-given 98 points, but lovely

About This Producer


The chateau, located in the Pessac-Leognan appellation, owes its hallowed name to Bertrand de Goth, who succeeded Pope Benedict XI and took the name Clement V. Since 1939, the property has been owned by the Montagne family. The estate consists of 32 hectares, planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as a small percentage of white varieties. The flagship red is considered one of the best clarets in the region. The estate also makes a second wine, Le Clementin de Pape-Clement.

The Pape Clement Blanc is a skillful blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle from a mere 2.5 hectares of land. A stringent selection process and approximately 18 months in French oak make this wine an absolute dream, amazingly well-priced for the quality.

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