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Château Pape-Clement Pessac Leognan 2017

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Rather intense nose full of wood, butcher’s wax, talc, cream, and rich floral perfumes – plush in the mouth, very finely polished tannins, deep, aromatic fruit, a bit small scaled but with excellent balance, nice tannins are firm but ripe, shows real focus and drive across the palate, good length and fruit persistence (91-92)

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Château Pape-clement:
Chateau Pape Clement is one of the brightest stars in the extensive range of vineyards Bernard Magrez owns worldwide. Based in Bordeaux, this great owner has made quality his personal battle, his strength in facing the increasing competition in the wine business. Hence, the care lavished on this land the exceptional qualities of which have made Pessac's reputation for over seven centuries.

Editorial Reviews for Château Pape-Clement Pessac Leognan

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Rather intense nose full of wood, butcher’s wax, talc, cream, and rich floral perfumes – plush in the mouth, very finely polished tannins, deep, aromatic fruit, a bit small scaled but with excellent balance, nice tannins are firm but ripe, shows real focus and drive across the palate, good length and fruit persistence (91-92)


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
2.50 5
Vintage: 1964 11/10/2008

This just reeks of new baseball glove leather with an underlay of spiced damson plum and tobacco leaf. Gains spicy tones with air offering some Christmas Cake and even minty top notes. In the mouth this starts off round and lush with a core of almost jammy cassis fruits and wonderful integration, silky, bright and focused until the mid-palate when the spitzy acidity comes and washes out the wine leaving it disjointed and unhappy. The raw material here is impressive indeed and from better bottles this may be tremendous but tonight only passable. 80pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 1961 11/10/2008

Here we find classic aged Graves from a great vintage with deep notes of curing tobacco, huge dried herb notes, sweet black spices smoking in a saute pan, a dark core of cassis fruit and bright notes of tarragon and Savory, Lean and feathering in the mouth with a lovely resolved character that is elegant and refined though a bit faded and even bony on the backend though there is a fine core of iron/gravel rich dark fruit on the mid-palate with notes of savory bouillon adding depth and deep notes of damp cigar lingering on the long finish which has a bit of tannin emerging on the everso lightly astringent finale. A wonderful bottle of mature bordeaux 93pts


Member Reviews for Château Pape-Clement Pessac Leognan

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0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/15/2012

Rich and muscular, with exotic roasted spice, braised fig and warm raspberry confiture ... Best from 2015 through 2030. -JM


Snooth User: Matthijs Visser
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/20/2012

Dark ruby. A classic expression of left-bank Bordeaux with blackcurrant, black cherry, leather, cedar, and cloves characteristics. Tannins have calmed down, so it's starting to drink nicely now, but still has lots of life left in it as well (note that we tasted from a Magnum).


Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/29/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: bcmso
47480228
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/06/2010

This wine is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot and using a technique known as “saignee”. Bleeding vats of red wine at an early stage, when the juice has just begun to color, that pink juice is removed can be fermented separately to produce rose. Mature pink. Vanilla, toast, maltose & honey notes. Minerality with strawberry hints. Silky texture & well balanced. Medium bodied. Drink now.

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Good mouthfeel

Snooth User: pascalpro
47290432
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 06/05/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: greentreefrog
361436334
4.50 5
Vintage: 2002 02/20/2010

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: JonDerry
6804463,110
4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 10/27/2011

Classy wine from a transition era between old and new world bordeaux. Eucalyptus nose, with some plum and chocolate showing initially. This was the Merlot showing up early on, though after a couple hours of decanting, the Cabernet Sauvignon showed green notes mixed with the red fruits, soil, and oak. Very nice.


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External Reviews for Château Pape-Clement Pessac Leognan

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Vintage: 2011 05/12/2012

50% cabernet sauvignon and 50% merlot. From a 43-hectare portion of this historic, 700-year old domaine planted at a high density of 7,700 vines/ha. The complex soils are a mix of different geological gravel formations, and yields are just 26 hl/ha. ... Cory Gowan. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Pape Clement 3000ml


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Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

50% cabernet sauvignon and 50% merlot. From a 43-hectare portion of this historic 700-year old domaine planted at a high density of 7 700 vines/ha. The complex soils are a mix of different geological gravel formations and yields are just 26 hl/ha. The wine was run off by gravity into 100% new French oak barrels from eight different coopers for malolactic and six months of aging sur lies. This will be aged in barrel for roughly 18 months. Harvest ran from September 13th to October 6th. The fruit is hand-harvested and destemmed by hand on sorting tables manned by 200 people. The whole berries are then moved by hand to small oak fermenters. A deep shiny red this is an ultra-concentrated wine and for me the top Pessac of the vintage. The intense aromas of clay violet lilac red flowers cassis blackberry tar and licorice immediately place this on another level. At this very young stage it s incredibly tannic but ample minerality and fruit contribute to this long finish. Very powerful and doesn t quit. Michel Rolland consults. Tasted three times. Drink 2019-2035. Cory Gowan.


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Vintage: 2011 06/14/2012

45% sauvignon blanc, 35% semillon, 15% sauvignon gris, and 5% muscadelle. Planted on gravel soils. Barrel fermented, then aged in 100% new oak. Sappy, almost piney nose with notes of orange rind, toasted coconut, and beeswax underscored with lemon ri... Geoffrey Binder. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Pape Clement Blanc 1500ml


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Vintage: 2011 05/06/2010

Purple color of average intensity. Aromatic fruity ripe and subtle nose. It smells of ashes and pinewood. Suave on entry the wine develops aromatic finely pulpy and melting. It finishes long and tasty with a lovely grain of tannins and a hint of vividness to be melted during barrel ageing. Jean-Marc Quarin - www.quarin.com


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Vintage: 2010 11/07/2014

Nicely toasty with a lovely broad stroke of mocha and ganache spread over the velvety core of plum sauce blackberry coulis and steeped currant fruit. The long polished finish keeps a tarry thread running along with the fruit adding length and range. Not shy on style. Best from 2018 through 2035. -JM Wine Spectator.


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Vintage: 2010 11/07/2014

Bright ruby-red. Complex but restrained aromas of spiced plum strawberry mocha iron tobacco and sexy oak. Wonderfully rich layered and concentrated with a chewy high-extract quality to its powerful cassis blueberry camphor and licorice flavors. Compellingly chewy but without any easy sweetness. Wonderfully intense but not at all overextracted conveying an impression of medicinal reserve that suggests this wine will be very long-lived. The extremely long elegant finish boasts noble tannins and lovely energy and lift. A great vintage for this wine but hands off for at least six or seven years. 94+ Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Vintage: 2010 12/05/2011

50% cabernet sauvignon and 50% merlot. A truly unique winery, how many estates can trace their history back seven centuries and to a pope? They were the first estate to destem their entire crop by hand, an enormous physical effort that takes two team... Cory Gowan. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Pape Clement 1500ml


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