Le Clementin du Pape Clément Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2009
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Pape Clement is not as dense or provocative as the 2005, but it is a worthy competitor. Tighter and more muscular than the 2005, the 2009 reveals an opaque purple color along with notes of graphite, blueberries, and blackberries, stunning richness, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and tremendous length and intensity. Some patience will be required, and I do not believe this effort will achieve the near perfection of the 2005, but it is another winner in this extraordinary vintage. Yields were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine finished around 13.5% alcohol. (Tasted four times.) Historically one of the oldest vineyards in Bordeaux (having once been owned by Pope Clement, who gets more credit for what he did in Chateauneuf du Pape than in Graves), this 700-year old Pessac vineyard has turned out another profound wine under the administration of proprietor Bernard Magrez.
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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The second wine the 2009 Le Clementin du Pape Clement is made from a similar blend. It is more loosely put together with sweet tannin and lots of red and black fruits intermixed with smoked herbs charcoal and hints of lead pencil shavings and herbs. Lush round and medium-bodied it is ideal for drinking over the next decade. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.