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Chateau Pape Clement Rouge 2016  - First Bottle


98 James Suckling -
Stunning concentration of perfectly ripe blackcurrants here with a delicate whiff of vanilla oak and extremely fine tannins that are almost perfectly integrated on the seductive and delicate palate, right through the almost literally breathtaking, super-long and very polished finish.
97 Jeb Dunnuck -
Tasted on two separate occasions, the 2016 Château Pape Clément never failed to disappoint, offering a huge, powerful, full-bodied personality as well as beautiful notes of cassis, graphite, high-class cigar tobacco, asphalt, and graphite. About as sexy as it gets in the vintage, with silky tannins and loads of fruit, it’s perfectly balanced and has a great finish.
96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Blended of 60% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Pape Clement has a deep garnet-purple color and quite a serious, earthy nose with truffles, tilled soil, underbrush and smoked meats over a cassis, baked plums and redcurrants core plus a touch of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy, the palate is built like a brick house, supporting muscular black fruit and earthy notions and finishing very long and mineral laced.
96 Wine Spectator -
This takes a slightly different tack than many of its Pessac colleagues, relying less on bramble and tar and more on alluring toast, with mocha, anise, wood spice and black tea notes draped liberally over the core of sappy kirsch and cherry preserve flavors. Plush and suave through the finish, though this needs a bit of time for the wood elements to be fully integrated with the fruit. For fans of the flashier, cashmere-textured style.
95 Vinous -
The 2016 Pape-Clément has a more understated but quite compelling bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry, crushed stone and orange pith aromas. With aeration, it reveals impressive delineation. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins.
95 Wine Enthusiast -
This rich, warm wine offers tannins cushioned within layers of black fruits. It is dense with structure and fruit while also having the freshness and acidity typical of this vintage. The wine will age for several years, becoming richer and more opulent. *Cellar Selection*
94 Falstaff -
Dark ruby ??garnet, opaque core, subtle lightening of the edges, delicate notes of precious wood and vanilla, underlaid with black berries, mineral touch. Full-bodied, juicy cherries, very elegant and balanced, supporting fine tannins, pleasant freshness, good length, reliable aging potential.
93 Decanter -
Very intriguing nose. Earth, iron, violets, leather and nuances of cinnamon and tobacco leaves. Soft, plush texture with lovely black cherry character. Fine grained tannins and plenty of freshness.

Technical Details

  • Blend60% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc
  • WinemakerBernard Magrez & Michel Rolland
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationPessac-Leognan
  • Alcohol14%

Chateau Pape Clement Rouge 2016

Proprietary Blends  |  France
JS98, JD97, WA96, WS96, VN95, WE95, FS94, DC93

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Château Pape Clément is among the oldest of Bordeaux’s Grand Crus, with harvests dating back to 1252! This ex-Chateau, pristine, and powerful beast is just starting to show its stuff...this is dramatic and finely-crafted wine any way you slice it, a must-have Bordeaux, from a monumentally epic vintage – all at a supremely tempting price!

The Château Pape Clément estate is the oldest planted vineyard in the region and has a wonderful history that includes its namesake, the Archbishop of Bordeaux, Bertrand de Got, who became Pope Clément V in 1305. Today, under the direction of the one and only Bernard Magrez, the wines of Pape Clément have never been better. 98 POINTS, plus 97, two 96s, double 95s, and more...clearly, the critics hate this wine. We’ll let the reviews below speak for themselves, but this should be on every serious Bordeaux drinkers list, no question.

With a blend of 60% merlot, 36% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot and 1% cabernet franc, Château Pape Clément’s grand vin is unique for the AOC of Pessac-Leognan. Like most of Graves, reds here are more typically based on cabernet sauvignon, with merlot in a supporting role. However, with the estate concentrating on lower yields and picking overall riper fruit than in years past, merlot has become the prize of these vineyards, ripening somewhat earlier than the long-hanging cabernet. Their distance from the Gironde estuary and the drained marshlands of Pauillac and the rest of Medoc also creates an environment ideally suited to merlot’s prowess here. Much of this is due to lower yields and then judiciously selecting only the best fruit for fermentation. After 30-40 days of maceration and 18 months of barrel aging, the wine is blended and bottled – and ready to surprise and delight the most discerning of Bordeaux enthusiasts.

Revel in delicately layered aromas of violets, graphite, and earthy tobacco, punctuated with notes of creme de cassis and shaved truffles. On the palate, this is expansive and rich, with beguiling flavors of orange peel, blackberry, kirsch, black tea, and red plums. An undercurrent of freshly crushed rocks adds to the length and focus of the long, dry finish. This is a polished and powerful red with a spicy headiness that reels the senses.

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About the Producer

Chateau Pape Clements history dates all the way back to the 13th century. It is one of the oldest estates in Bordeaux and is now surrounded by urban developments. The estate takes its name from the Archbishop of Bordeaux, Bertrand de Got, who became Pope Clemet V in 1305. In the 20th century, Paul Montagne bought the property and gradually built it back up to its presitge. The vineyard returned to its former rank and has stood the test of time. His descendants Leo Montagne and Bernard Magrez continue the tradition so that Chateau Pape Clement can continue to excite wine lovers today and tomorrow.