The Pape Clement 2016 Blanc is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 36% Semillon, 9% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Muscadelle. It leaps from the glass with gregarious scents of ripe peaches, fresh grapefruit and key lime pie plus touches of cedar, honeysuckle and toast. Medium-bodied, the palate offers fantastic precision and depth, with layers of citrus and stone fruit flavors supported by a racy line of freshness, finishing very long. Nov 2018, www.robertparker.com
A solid and four-square white with lemon-rind and dried-apple character. Pears, too. Full and dense with layers of fruit and phenolic character. Red wine texture in a white. One for aging. Mar 2017, www.jamessuckling.com
The 2016 Pape Clément Blanc is rich and inviting to the core. A wine of notable depth and viscosity, it nevertheless retains striking freshness and verve. In 2016, a challenging year for whites, most wines are missing something, most often freshness or body. Pape Clément Blanc, on the other hand, has it all. The 2016 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine.
The 2016 Pape Clement Blanc is a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Sémillon that was cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare between 12-27 September. It has quite an understated bouquet, stony and a little distant at first but then opening up with lime flower, kiwi fruit and a touch of limestone. The palate is fresh on the entry, the Sauvignon Blanc driving this Pape Clement along, perhaps less flamboyant and viscous in style than previous vintages, but I appreciate the tautness and delineation here, the persistent and slightly saline finish. This is excellent. Apr 2017, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2019-2032
Lemon custard, grapefruit, vanilla and green apples create the bouquet. Full bodied, sweet and fleshy, this should drink well young. The wine was produced from a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc 45% Semillon . No Sauvignon Gris was used in the blend this year. The wine is aging is taking place in a combination of foudre, concrete egg vats and new, French, oak barrels for 16 months. Apr 2017, www.thewinecellarinsider.com
Creamy-edged, with alluring brioche, white peach and wet straw flavors, this has a broad feel but keeps good cut thanks to a light verbena thread. The brioche note takes over on the finish. Apr 2017, James Molesworth, www.winespectator.com
Oak is still a big part of the story with Pape Clément's white wine, but the change comes in the introduction of a variety of barrel sizes and origins, including an increase in Burgundian barrels. They have wisely kept the signature round, citrus notes that long term fans of Pape Clément will be looking for, but as with the reds the overall feel is of a more sculpted, fragrant wine than in some previous vintages. To be honest, 2016 was not an easy vintage to dial things back, as the mid-palate can feel a touch hollow due to lacking the gripping minerality of the best vintages. But they have delivered an extremely successful wine, with rose and honeysuckle touches adding layers of complexity to the soft citrus flavours. Enjoyable. Apr 2017, www.decanter.com, Drink: 2018-2028
Big, broad, but without quite enough zest and energy. A bit dead - picked too late? Sweet and floral. Not a success this year (even though it often is). Dull. Apr 2017, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2018-2021