2005 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Wine Tasting Note

2005 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 96

What most people miss with Pape Clement, is that the wine is so concentrated, intense and a bit oaky in its youth, it needs cellaring time to really reveal its all. Still youthful here, another 5-7 years are needed before everything really starts coming together. Still, it is impossible not to see and enjoy the intensity, purity, depth of flavor, length and richness. The tannins are ripe, the texture is akin to velvet and the smoky, dark berries in the finish resonate for ages. Opened in the name of science, I'm waiting another 5 years before popping another bottle. I'm thinking my score could also pop another Pt or 2, once this really gets going.

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Full bodied, lusciously textured, opulent, ripe, sweet, black fruits are all over the place. Still youthful, as the oak continues to better integrate, this is growing on me. Give it until at least 2020 and this should be rockin'!

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Secondary aromas of smoke, tobacco, wet earth, dark red fruits and lead pencil are already showing. Full bodied, concentrated and rich, the wine is silky, lush and the oak has mostly integrated into the wine, leaving you with sweet, velvety, ripe dark red fruits on the palate.

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Still deep in color, this blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon provides complex aromas of smoke, truffle, licorice, black and blue fruit, earth, tobacco leaf, espresso bean and forest smells. Massive and intense, the wine flows over your palate with the weight of motor oil. As rich as it is, the fruit is incredibly polished, pure, refined and in balance. I’d hold off on popping a bottle until 2015-2020.

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Incredible richness, density and levels of liquefied fruit oooze across your palate. Not heavy or ponderous, it remains balanced and elegant. The is the finest Pape Clement ever produced.

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papeclement Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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 a program, depending on the needs of the guest. Or, visitors can simply request a tour, tasting and visit to their wine bar and gift shop.

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