2005 Pape Clement 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

Probably the greatest Pape-Clement ever made, the dense purple-colored 2005 (a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits sumptuous notes of smoky scorched earth, graphite, melted licorice, and blackberries. Once past the exquisite perfume, the wine reveals full body, extraordinary concentration, plenty of chocolate, smoke, cassis, and blackberry flavors, and that unmistakable volcanic ash-like earthiness that comes from this appellation. The tannins are slightly sweeter than those found in most northern Medocs, but this is still a backward, large-scaled effort that requires 7-8 years of cellaring. It should last for 30-35 years.

Drink Dates: 2015-2043
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

Dark in color, offering wonderful aromas of licorice, berry, fresh tobacco and currant, with Indian spices. Complex and full-bodied, with supersilky tannins that caress every inch of the palate. Long and satisfying. A joy to taste this young wine.

Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Author: James Suckling


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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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

Rating: 96
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/08/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2025
this wine is in its prime. wonderfully balanced but still big and bold--a fine example of the new bigness of Bordeaux

Rating: 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.

Rating: 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.

Rating: 92
Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 10/30/2013

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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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.

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

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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