One of the greatest, oldest and most historical estates in Bordeaux, Pape Clement was purchased in 1299 by Bertrand de Goth, who went on to become Pope Clement V; he put the estate's vineyards in the hands and management of the Church, where they remained until the French Revolution. Since 1986, this classified growth has often rivalled the great Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion in quality, at half or even less than half the price. Pape Clement sits on light, gravelly soil, and produces a wine with a gorgeous bouquet of black fruits, minerals and smoky oak. Planted to 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot with an average vine age of about 30 years, this is a quintessentially elegant and complex wine with concentration and balance. Remarkably approachable in its youth, Pape Clement is also a long haul wine in the top vintages such as 2005.
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June 201599 Owned by Bernard Magrez, this great terroir a few miles from Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion has produced one of the superstars of the vintage. A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, Pape Clement’s 2005 has an opaque purple color and smoky barbecue and chocolaty notes intermixed with cassis and blackberries. There is also some underlying minerality in this full-bodied, super-concentrated wine, which has wonderfully sweet, well-integrated tannins. This majestic, multidimensional wines is one of the great, great wines of the vintage. It should drink well for at least another 25 years.
November 201597 The 2005 Pape Clément is a fabulous contrast to the Haut-Brion. The former represents modernism at its best, while the latter is one of the archetypes of classicism. Both are striking. Compelling and seductive from the outset, the 2005 Pape Clément races out of the glass with notable opulence and ripeness. Soft contours and heady aromatics make the 2005 a real joy to taste today. Just beginning to show the first signs of aromatic complexity, the 2005 Pape Clément looks like it won't be as long-lived as some of the other wines in this tasting, but it is extraordinarily beautiful today. The style is unapologetically flamboyant, yet all the elements are in the right place. When it comes to pure hedonistic pleasure, it's hard to match the 2005 Pape Clément.
March 31, 200896 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. Best after 2015.
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May 200894 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.
June 20, 200692-94 This wine has great spice, nutmeg and black fig flavors. It is full of deep, brooding tannins, and packed with intense acidity. It's fresh but has good concentration.