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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