Château Pape Clément Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2008
Not far off the quality of the monumental 2005, Pape Clement's 2008 wascropped at a lowly 30 hectoliters per hectare. The final blend is 55% Cab.Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2008 displays a classicnorthern Pessac-Leognan nose of truffles, asphalt, scorched earth, charcoal,creme de cassis, spice box, and spring flowers. Super-pure and medium tofull-bodied with stunning concentration, admirable purity, slightly moreacidity than usual, and formidable depth and length, given the sweetness of thetannins and the ripeness of the fruit, this wine should be approachable in 4-5years. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 09)
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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.
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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).
External Reviews for Château Pape Clément Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc
Dense and rich, with spice, honey and apple pie character. There's lovely richness and freshness for the vintage. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Pape Clement Blanc 750ml
One of the top successes of the vintage this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was harvested between October 8 and 24. The late harvest ensured perfect ripeness as evidenced by the sweet bouquet of black cherries lead pencil shavings cassis and subtle barbecue smoke. Well-balanced with good acidity ripe tannins medium to full body and a layered mouthfeel this excellent 2008 can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. Cropped at only 30 hectoliters per hectare Aromas of dark berry and spice along with intriguing notes of herbs, charcoal and a light floral touch. Rich and concentrated with a supple texture,... John Perry. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Pape Clement 750ml
A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Pape Clement 1500ml
One of the top successes of the vintage, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was harvested between October 8 and 24. The late harvest ensured perfect ripeness as evidenced by the sweet bouquet... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Pape Clement 750ml
Full saturated bright ruby. Restrained but captivating aromas of black fruits and minerals. Big sweet broad and mouthfilling with terrific purity to the dense flavors of black fruits and licorice. Really builds and spreads out on the back half finishing with suave tannins and lingering dark cherry and mineral perfume. Utterly seamless highly concentrated wine with captivating sweetness but there s nothing over the top about this beauty. Stephen Tanzers IWC.