2015 Pape Clement



Pape Clement 2015, scored at 95-97 by Neal Martin, 96-97 by James Suckling & 93-96 points by Galloni it’s clearly a huge success.

 

The consistent excellence of the wines from here have meant that this 2015 from Pape Clement has been very eagerly awaited. Particularly when it was previewed by the below praise from the critics:

 

“This comes highly recommended” - Neal Martin

“Shows amazing depth of fruit” - James Suckling

“Stunningly beautiful… exudes richness” - Antonio Galloni

 

It’s a compelling set of opinions, with scores to match, that will continue to propel the reputation of this Chateau ever higher and that make it a superstar buy from Bordeaux’s Left-Bank in 2015.

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Average critic rating : 93.36 points

93-96

93-96

The 2015 Pape Clément is stunningly beautiful. Rich, ample and powerful, the 2015 exudes richness. As always, Pape Clément is one of the most overt wines in Pessac, but the move towards picking a bit earlier gives the wine more energy than was the norm a decade ago without fundamentally altering the style Bernard Magrez and Michel Rolland favor. Dark red cherry, plum, menthol, licorice, blood orange and exotic spices are all very much alive. The purity of the fruit here is striking. This is one of the best recent vintages of Pape Clément I have tasted. The 2015 is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, done in about 80% new oak. Tasted four times. Apr 2016, www.Vinous.com

95-97

95-97

The 2015 Pape Clement is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. It was cropped at 40 hl/ha between 25 September and 15 October with berry by berry destemming. It has a drop-dead gorgeous bouquet that continues the ever greater finesse that has been imparted into this Pape-Clément in recent years. It is extremely precise, almost crystalline. The palate is underpinned by fine tannin, pitch-perfect acidity, a sense of cohesion and harmony that is outstanding. There is not a hair out of place on this barrel sample and it will doubtless evolve into one of the best wines this state has produced since the 14th century, when Bertrand de Goth was planting its first vines. This comes highly recommended - a Pape-Clément that will reward those who can resist temptation and cellar this wine for 10+ years. Tasted on four separate occasions. Apr 2016, www.eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2025-2060

96-97

96-97

Shows amazing depth of fruit with fabulous polish and length. Electric acidity. Full body, very integrated and refined tannins. Great finish. Mar 2016, JamesSuckling.com

93-96

93-96

Big, broad and overt in style, with a thick frame of espresso and roasted apple wood around a core of dense plum paste and cassis flavors. Strides along authoritatively, as melted licorice and fruitcake notes fill in on the hefty finish. Shows more style than terroir, but pulls it off. Mar 2016, James Molesworth, www.WineSpectator.com

16

16

Very dark. Sweet yet fresh - very beguiling initially but maybe a little overdone. Intense and almost as though concentrated. Rather dry on the end. Hard work on the end. Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2024-2034

95

95

Clear reductive environment, saving the best nose for the consumer and not for en primeur. A lovely richly textured wine –really velvety with gorgeous purity to the damson and black cherry fruits. Apr 2016, Jane Anson, www.Decanter.com, Drink: 2025-2040

88

88

Tasting note coming soon. Apr 2016, www.TimAtkin.com



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Château Pape Clement is a grand cru classé de Graves owned and run by Bernard Magrez, owner of Ch. La Tour Carnet in the Haut Médoc, Ch. Fombrauge in St Emilion and premier grand cru classé Clos Haut Peyraguey in Sauternes. Situated a little further from the city centre than Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion , it is situated in the suburbs of Bordeaux city.

Both a red and a white wine are made: the red is approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot; the white 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Muscadelle. Both wines, red and white, have been rated as 100 point wines by Robert Parker: the 2010 Pape Clement Rouge and 2009 Pape Clement. The wine is a controversial one: there are critics of the “modern” style of Pape Clement but there is no denying the quality of the wines produced here since 1998.



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