2000 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2000 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

Rich, lushly textured, full-bodied wine packed with dark red fruits, smoke, tobacco, thyme, espresso, and cigar box notes on the nose and palate. The wine has body and depth, with a long, polished finish loaded with smoky, dark red fruits and leafy herbs. This is drinking quite well and should remain at this level for 15-20 years with ease, and good storage. 94 Points

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I love when a wine comes together. Oaky in its youth, this has really come around. Now, you find more smoke, truffle, clay, cigar box, blackberry and spice. On the palate, the silky, smoky, rich and full bodied. The fruit is deep, dark long and fleshy with a finish that sticks with you. Decanted abut 1 hour and enjoyed over the bext 3 hours. If you have a bottle you have been waiting to open, this is a good time to popping the cork. 94 Points

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Still young, the smoky, sweet and tart cherry, espresso and earthy aromatics open up with ease, especially after 90 minutes in the decanter. Full bodied and with ample concentration, the oak is still present on the palate, which takes away from the fruit at 17 years of age. Give it another half a decade to see if this all comes together. The wine was produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. 93 Points

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Deep ruby, with some lightening to the color, but it's fairly dark for 16 years of age. On the nose, oak, smoke, eucalyptus, blackberry, plum, tobacco and a hint of truffle, that is trying to poke through, but just cannot get there. Very concentrated, fresh, young, rich and loaded with ripe, juicy, blackberries and a hint of dark chocolate in the soft, opulent, textural finish. This is still quite young, lush and vibrant. I'd wait 4-5 years before popping another bottle. The wine was decanted about 90 minutes when I wrote this note. I upgraded the score with 2.5 hours of air, which added a really silky feel to the wine. It will be interesting to see how this progresses tonight. If the oak fades into the wine, and that could take a while, this will deserve a much higher score as there is a lot of obvious quality in this wine. 95 Points

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This has not budged in a year. Still young, the nose offers incense, smoke, blackberry, boysenberry and earthy scents. The wine is soft. The tannins are refined. But the fruit is subdued and primary. There is a lot of upside potential if you are patient. 5-10 years is needed before it matures. 93 Points

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Intense aromas of smoke, tar, cigar ash, blackberry, boysenberry and cocoa. This seems to have become more structured over the past years. It's not quite as flamboyant. Concentrated, full bodied and rich, a hours in the decanted added a lot to the wine and helped it soften and flesh out. I'd give it 3-5 years before popping a bottle. 94 Points

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Deep in color, with tobacco, smoke, earth, caramel, cassis, espresso bean and blackberry aromatics. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, rich, ripe and round, the tannins are soft and the lush finish is packed with cassis, tobacco and cherry sensations. This is starting to drink well, although another year or two will add more softness and complexity to the wine. 95 Points

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With scents of earth, tobacco, cassis, cocoa, ripe blackberries, espresso bean, spice and jam, this blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, round and concentrated. Opulently textured, and still young, this deep, plush wine ends with ripe black cherries, cassis, spice, bitter chocolate and smoky flavors. 95 Points

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Jammy black fruit, anise, tobacco and black cherry tones greet your nose. This is big, fat, ripe, intense and filled with layers of rich, round black fruits. 94 Points

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When to Drink Chateau Pape Clement, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Pape Clement needs time before it begins to show its true character. Pape Clement needs at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages until it is ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-4 hours or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Pape Clement offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-50 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Pape Clement with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Pape Clement is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Pape Clement is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Pape Clement is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Chateau Pape Clement Blanc, the white wine of Pape Clement is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork, and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Chateau Pape Clement is one of the first major Bordeaux estates to embrace wine tourism as a business. Open 7 days a week, depending on the needs of the guest, they are willing to customize a special program, depending on the needs of the guest. Or, visitors can simply request a tour, tasting, and visit their wine bar and gift shop.

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