Château Pape Clément

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.2716 ratings
9.2154 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Matt Nason

Funky, dirty, rusty cherries with that graphite twang, love it.

Funky, dirty, rusty cherries with that graphite twang, love it.

Oct 13th, 2019
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9.5

The 2015 Pape-Clément has a fragrant bouquet with quite plush, generous but well defined red berry
fruit mixed with rose petal and incense, smoke and cigar humidor following later. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, crisp and focused.
A seam of graphite emerges toward the finish. This is linear and correct at the moment. This should develop into a very fine Pessac-Léognan, one full of breed and sophistication. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, July 2019)

The 2015 Pape-Clément has a fragrant bouquet with quite plush, generous but well defined red berry
fruit mixed with rose petal and incense, smoke and cigar humidor following later. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, crisp and focused.
A seam of graphite emerges toward the finish. This is linear and correct at the moment. This should develop into a very fine Pessac-Léognan, one full of breed and sophistication. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, July 2019)

Jul 10th, 2019
Rick Baumgarten

Fresh as a daisy and drinking really well. Lots of terrific wines at this party.

Fresh as a daisy and drinking really well. Lots of terrific wines at this party.

Jun 15th, 2019
"Odedi"

Time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a very enjoyable Pessac Léognan red.

Earthy with black fruits, chocolates, forest floor, black tea, peppercorn, leather, earth, oak, licorice, spices, coffee and pencil lead.

Still young and needs many more years in the bottle to mature properly.

This vintage is Merlot based, which is unique to this region. A blend of 57% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot.

Wine Enthusiasts 94 points.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly.
Good with food or just by itself.

Had it together with the 1998 and boy, what a difference. Time works its magic here in a big way.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, but it is really nice with Brie cheese.

Aged for 20 months in 100% new French Oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$90.

Time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a very enjoyable Pessac Léognan red.

Earthy with black fruits, chocolates, forest floor, black tea, peppercorn, leather, earth, oak, licorice, spices, coffee and pencil lead.

Still young and needs many more years in the bottle to mature properly.

This vintage is Merlot based, which is unique to this region. A blend of 57% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot.

Wine Enthusiasts 94 points.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly.
Good with food or just by itself.

Had it together with the 1998 and boy, what a difference. Time works its magic here in a big way.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, but it is really nice with Brie cheese.

Aged for 20 months in 100% new French Oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$90.

May 2nd, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Excellent craftsmanship all the way around. Excellent fruit, beautiful soft tannins, excellent acidity. Drink now but cellar and don’t miss the beauty this 16 will bring. Buy!

Excellent craftsmanship all the way around. Excellent fruit, beautiful soft tannins, excellent acidity. Drink now but cellar and don’t miss the beauty this 16 will bring. Buy!

Jan 26th, 2019
Ken Z
9.6

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami. All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken. Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together. Many will likely improve a few points with time.

Beautiful, well structured dark fruit. Complex, but more open than several left bank wines at this stage, as is usual for Pessac-Leognan.

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami. All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken. Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together. Many will likely improve a few points with time.

Beautiful, well structured dark fruit. Complex, but more open than several left bank wines at this stage, as is usual for Pessac-Leognan.

Jan 21st, 2019
"Odedi"

This is a very enjoyable left bank Bordeaux. Harsh on the palate with dark fruits and lots of earth and vegetable notes.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show hugh tannins.

Still young and unbalanced, but already enjoyable even by itself.

This 7 year old will need at least 5 years of bottle time to mature properly.

This is not from a good vintage, but it is showing a lot of power. Finesse will show up in about 10 years.

A blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and light Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$100.

This is a very enjoyable left bank Bordeaux. Harsh on the palate with dark fruits and lots of earth and vegetable notes.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show hugh tannins.

Still young and unbalanced, but already enjoyable even by itself.

This 7 year old will need at least 5 years of bottle time to mature properly.

This is not from a good vintage, but it is showing a lot of power. Finesse will show up in about 10 years.

A blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and light Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$100.

Nov 15th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Owes its name to a man of the cloth born in 1264, Bertrand de Goth, Bishop of Comminges, in the Pyrenees Mountains, and later became Archbishop of Bordeaux in 1299. A blend, 58% Merlot, 38% Cab Sauv & 4% Petit Verdot, aged in 60% new French oak. Big fruit aromas with earthy spice notes. Blackberry & cherry flavors with tobacco and spice integrated with sweet tannins, lingering ending with earthy oak with a mineral tang. Excellent!

Owes its name to a man of the cloth born in 1264, Bertrand de Goth, Bishop of Comminges, in the Pyrenees Mountains, and later became Archbishop of Bordeaux in 1299. A blend, 58% Merlot, 38% Cab Sauv & 4% Petit Verdot, aged in 60% new French oak. Big fruit aromas with earthy spice notes. Blackberry & cherry flavors with tobacco and spice integrated with sweet tannins, lingering ending with earthy oak with a mineral tang. Excellent!

Aug 22nd, 2018
Shawn R

Really good, don’t see this getting any better.

Really good, don’t see this getting any better.

Apr 5th, 2018
Yianni Stoner

UGC Tasting - San Francisco

UGC Tasting - San Francisco

Jan 27th, 2018