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2012 Pape Clement - Blanc

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PESSAC-LEOGNAN
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 16 JR
  • 94 JS
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57438-2012-750-1A
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    55% Semillon, 39% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Sauvignon Gris, 1% Muscadelle. Vinification in oak barrels. 5% of wines vinified in egg-shaped concrete vats for 18 months. Aged on the lees with batonnage. Already smells quite honeyed. On the palate, slightly sour. Touch of apricot and orange. But a little bitter on the finish. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 94

    A fascinating white with dried-apple, pineapple and mango character. Hints of vanilla, too. Full body, fresh acidity and a layered and structured finish. Very serious for the vintage.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Vinous | Rating: 93

    A rich, flamboyant wine, the 2012 Pape Clement Blanc has a lot to offer. Orange blossoms, ginger, mint, lychee, spices and layers of tropical-infused fruit are super-expressive in the glass. The Blanc is voluptuous, creamy and inviting. Not much is left to the imagination. Drink this unctuous, racy white over the next decade or so.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A rounded, alluring style, with a rather showy brioche and toasted macadamia nut frame around a core of Jonagold apple, tangerine and peach flavors. The flattering finish is kept honest by a twinge of bitter orange. Distinctive. Drink now through 2018. 1,415 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    I am not sure what the exact blend is for the 2012 Pape Clement, but it has a light gold color and is a gorgeously full-bodied, multi-dimensional wine with great texture in its notes of rose petal, honeysuckle, crystallized/caramelized tropical fruits, mandarin orange and honeyed lemon. Aged 15 months in mostly new French oak, this is another brilliant achievement for proprietor Bernard Magrez from this tiny white wine vineyard, although I would rate it slightly below his perfect 2009. Anticipated maturity: now-2030.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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.

    See other similar producers:Chateau Cantemerle,Chateau Clerc-Milon,Chateau Pichon Lalande

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 602 bottles owned
    • 40 collectors