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Château Pape Clément

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2018 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

A nice blast of pomelo, lemon peel, Mandarin orange, flowers, honeysuckle and vanilla, in a richly-textured, lush style of white Bordeaux. You can drink this fairly close to release. The wine was made from 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 39% Semillon and 4% Muscadelle.

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2018 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 97

Opaque in color with shiny purple accents, the wine is loaded with smoke, tobacco leaf, cigar box and dark red fruits. The wine has depth and concentration but never feels heavy. There is enough acidity here to keep the wine lifted. The velvet tannins in the luxurious finish never feels over-blown this year. This is going to require at least a decade or more and will be worth the wait. The wine was made from blending 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The oak has been dialed back a bit and 5% of the harvest was aged in oak foudres, which helps aid in the freshness.96-98 Pts

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2017 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 96

Full, rich and deep, yet bright, zesty and fresh, this is rockin' . The juicy, bright citrus is incredibly fresh. This is made even better with the honeysuckle, crushed rocks and vanilla accents that ride on top of all the ripe sweet, citrus and green apple notes.

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2017 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 96

Deep in color, the wine is floral with blackberry, boysenberry, licorice and espresso notes. Sweet with bright, crisp fruits, stylistically this is a bright vintage – tannin tensions paired with a fresh fruit edge. The wine was produced by blending 55% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, the wine reached 14.04% alcohol with a pH of 3.6.

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2016 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

Deep in color, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and packed with layers of dark red fruits. The texture is lush, the fruit is sweet, powerful ripe and juicy. On the palate you find dense, ripe, sweet, smoky blackberries, cigar box, espresso and licorice. Even with all this heft, you still find energy in the finish. I am really liking the elegance and restraint found here due to lower alcohol and a more restrained use of new oak. Still, this needs at least 12 years or so of aging, before it really starts maturing. .

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Deeply colored the wine is fleshy, fruity, full bodied, concentrated and filled with ripe, sweet, lush, smoky blackberries, cigar box and licorice. The fruit has vibrancy, and freshness, with lower alcohol and better integrated oak, allowing the wine to be enjoyed earlier than other, more recent vintages. I am really liking the elegance and restraint found here.

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Inky, dark in hue, the wine offers its lush, smoke-filled, black fruits and tobacco notes with ease. Dense, rich and concentrated, the tannins are silky and the finish displays layers of ripe, richly dark red fruits. The wine combines elegance, complexity and refined characteristics that will only show its best with 12 -15 years or more of age.

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Very dark ruby in color, the smoky blackberries, cigar box and licorice aromatics are singing. There is a lot of freshness to the fruit, and the lower alcohol levels make the wine feel lighter and refreshing on the palate, especially in the silky finish. This vintage shows elegance, complexity and restraint. The wine was produced from a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 13.5% alcohol. The wine is being aged in 60% new, French oak barrels. The harvest took place from September 13 to October 19.

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2016 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Just squeezed lemons, limes, vanilla, almonds, flowers and orange create a gorgeous bouquet. A bit stronger on the nose than the palate, the wine is round, sweet, lush and fresh with a finish of grapefruit, vanilla and green apple.

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Honeysuckle, sweet, bright, yellow citrus and vanilla pair perfectly here. Lush and fresh, with a finish of grapefruit, vanilla and green apple, this fleshy, white Bordeaux should drink well young.

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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.

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2015 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 96

With a solid depth of color, it is easy to find the layers of dark, deep, sweet, ripe, lush, velvety, juicy fruits. Full bodied and concentrated, the wine shows sensuous textures and a smoky, dark cherry, licorice, truffle and chocolate edged finish. This is good now, and with time, it has all the right stuff to age into an even better wine. Give it at least 12 years in the cellar.

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Dark, deep and intense, there is ample, smoky, chocolate covered, black cherries, plum and espresso in the nose to keep you busy, Full bodied and fat on the palate, the finish keeps on going with all its fruit. .

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Deep, dark hues lead you to a chocolate covered, black cherry, smoke, caramel and coffee bean set of aromas. Fat and rich with power, density and lush textures on the palate, this wine was produced from a blend of 56% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Reaching 14.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.85, the picking took place from September 25 to October 15. The grand Vin represents 60% of the harvest. 94 - 96 Pts

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2015 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

With a pale yellow, green hue, the wine is packed with bright yellow citrus, pomelo, fresh cut grass and floral notes. On the palate the wine is sweet and vibrant, with a flinty edge The wine was made from blending 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon.

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Floral, with a stony edge to the fresh squeezed citrus. Full bodied, richly textured, almost voluptuous in nature, you also find vanilla, candied citrus peel, honeysuckle and bees wax.

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Fresh citrus squeezed over rocks with a bit of honeysuckle gives you the right idea of the luscious, crisp, sweet, concentrated white Bordeaux wine.

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Vanilla, candied citrus peel, honey, floral, lemon and crushed rocks on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and lush with ample freshness and a green apple, spicy lemon, vanilla, and candied grapefruit finish that is both fresh and refreshing. The wine, which reached 14.82% alcohol, was produced from a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, and 10% Sauvignon. Gris. Aging will take place in a unique combination of foudre, concrete egg vats and new, French, oak barrels.

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2014 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

Cigar box, tobacco, smoke, licorice and blackberry aromatics open up the full bodied, fleshy wine. The fruit is fresh, ripe and rich, the tannins are refined and the texture is quite silky. A decade of time is warranted before pulling a cork here.

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Rich, round and smoky, with a lush, blackberry, blackberry, coffee, licorice, dark chocolate and earthy profile. Length and volume create the luscious textured, fruit and espresso bean filled finish.

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Deep ruby in color, the wine opens with floral, mineral, cherry, caramel and coffee bean scents. It is soft, fresh, round juicy on the palate, ending with sweet, blackberry, vanilla and black currants in the finish. Produced by blending 57.5% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol with a pH of 3.7 92-93 Pts

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2014 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

A strong vanilla note is the first thing you notice, before looking for the yellow, citrus fruits, white peach and stone. Round, forward and easy to drink, this should improve with age.

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There is a richness to the floral, spice, honeysuckle, lemon curd, grapefruit and vanilla filled wine. There is ample freshness to keep everything on high, as you expect.

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Sweet, with an overlay of vanilla, honey, floral, lemon chiffon pie, grapefruit and green apple in the nose. Full bodied, rich and even with all that going on, the wine manages to retain its fresh appeal. The wine was produced from a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, and 10% Sauvignon Gris. 93 Pts

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2013 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

The freshness is apparent, which works well with all the just squeezed, grapefruit, lemon grass, orange and stone notes. The finish is all about the crisp, refreshing citrus with just a touch of honey.

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With a lot of fatness to the character, due to the blend of 44% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Sauvignon Gris, 37% Semillon and 3% Muscadelle, (Which is a lot of Sauvignon Gris), the wine opens with a floral, vanilla, orange rind and sweet, lemon curd aromatic display. The wine definitely has length and volume.

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Vanilla, lemon, stone and pomelo scents are quickly followed by a plush layer of citrus rind and orange marmalade with ample lift in the finish. 92-94 Pts

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2013 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

A lighter, fresher style of Pape Clement which should make fans of the estate that feel vintages like 2009 and 2010 were over the top, right at home. With smoke, licorice, espresso and black cherry aromas poking through, the wine is round, polished, fruity and forward.

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With a smoke-filled nose of earthy black cherry, coffee bean and fennel, the dark-colored (for the vintage) wine is soft, polished and sweet, but just a bit short in the fresh black raspberry finish. From a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and is aging in 70% new, French oak. Fans of pre Bernard Magrez Pape Clement should be all over this lower alcohol, less concentrated style of wine. 90-93 Pts

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2012 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Earth, truffle, tobacco and smoke work perfectly with the lush, sweet, ripe blackberries and espresso character that this soft, plush wine serves up in spades. There is good freshness and character to the fruit from start to finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

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Inky in color; black and blue fruits, licorice, smoke and oak create the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is fresh, fleshy, rich and bold, with a concentrated finish packed with ripe dark berries and licorice. For tasters that found more heralded vintages over the top, this is a wine they should look into. 92-94 Pts

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2012 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

Blending 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Gris and perhaps a dash of Muscadelle worked perfectly. That is if you like the idea of sweet honeydew, grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, lift and vibrancy in your wine. I know I do and I really liked it!

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2011 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Tight, needs effort to bring up the earthy, smoke filled perfume, with its coffee bean and blackberry notes. Soft, and polished, there is a dryness in the finish that stops the wine from scoring higher.

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This wine blends equal portions Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and was aged in 100% new oak. Coffee, licorice, blackberry and tobacco smoke make up the perfume. This medium-bodied wine has some dryness in the finish and ends with black cherry, spice and raspberry. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

Blending 40% Sauvignon, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris and 9% Muscadelle produced a wine with a vanilla, floral, lemon, lime and grapefruit personality. Rich, but not over the top, the fresh, crisp, citrus and grapefruit finish filled out nicely.

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Lemon, lime, grapefruit and vanilla notes give way to a sweet, concentrated, plump and fresh citrus oil finish. 93-95 Pts

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2010 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

Fat, deep, intense and packed with licorice, smoke, fresh ground coffee beans, black cherries, fennel, blue fruits, earth and plums. Thick, rich, full bodied, lush textured and packed with layers of rich, dark berries, chocolate and oak, this blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc produced a strong vintage for Pape Clement.

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Pape Clement - Black in color, smoke, truffle, burning wood, jammy blackberry, earth and hot stone aromas are found with ease. This concentrated, powerful wine is filled with sweet, ripe, boysenberry, cassis and licorice. Polished, supple and opulent in texture, the wine ends with a long pure fresh, blackberry liqueur sensation. Some tasters will appreciate that this is toned down from the full throttle 2005. 94-97

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2010 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

Sweet, rich, fat, juicy and packed with fresh, ripe, citrus, grapefruit, vanilla bean, stone and candied lemon peel, the wine is concentrated, vibrant and lively and a lot of pep and energy.

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2009 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 97

Deep garnet in color, the wine inches closer to maturity with truffle, cigar box, leather, salty plums, tobacco leaf and red berries. Full-bodied, lushly textured, with ripe, polished, round tannins and some oak remaining to be resolved, the finish serves up layers of ripe, dark, velvet textured, polished fruits. This is still primary, so 6-8 more years of aging will come close to bringing this around. If you cannot wait that long, give it 2-3 hours of air.

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As the oak further integrates and the earthy, smoky complexities of Pessac continues its progress, this is clearly improving in the bottle. The opulent, sensuous mouth feel and velvety finish tops everything off nicely.

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Continuing to flesh out, the oak has faded quite a bit from bottling. Deep in color, with a smoke filled, silky, soft, polished, sensuous personality, the fruit is ripe, dense, pure, clean and opulent. The wine feels great on your palate. I look forward to seeing how this develops.

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The famous property continues to dial back their wine making, Where some recent vintages could be described as a bit much, this is a strong, balanced effort. With smoke, licorice, coffee bean, blackberry and chocolate aromas, Rich, dense and packed with layers of juicy, ripe fruit, this sexy wine produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc ends with a long, deep, lush, finish.

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2009 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 97

Deep yellow in yellow in color, the wine is full, deep and lively. The layers of lemon, pomelo, green apple, vanilla and spice seem to keep on coming. The wine builds in intensity and complexity on your palate. The finish adds a honeyed tint to the juicy blast of citrus. This is a super bottle of white Bordeaux that is just about to enter its plateau of maturity.

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Big, rich, powerful, bold and lush, the ripe, slightly honeyed lemons, vanilla bean and stone elements are in full force. Still young, this should have a long life.

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Fresh, forward and fun to drink, there is the right amount of minerality, ripe citrus, flowers, vanilla, honey and butterscotch to get your focus. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, soft, polished and bright with a lot of sweetness and acidity in the finish.

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Blending 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris and 9% Muscadelle, the nose pops with honeydew, flowers, honey, candied lemon rind and sweet tropical fruit. The perfect amount of fruit, sugar and acidity allow for dense layers of ripe fruit coupled with ample lift to keep it fresh. This is not heavy or close to being over the top, it's a beautiful, complex, harmonious expression of White Bordeaux wine from Pessac Leognan. You can drink this now for its young, vibrant fruit or age for 10-20 years. Either way, it's delicious.

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From a blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris and 9% Muscadelle, this unctuous, powerful, mineral driven wine offers floral, grapefruit, apple, honey, citrus rind, lemon and pineapple notes in the perfume. The copious layers of concentrated ripe fruit combine with the right amount of acidity keeping the rich wine feeling fresh.

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2008 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

Young, full bodied, rich and intense, the wine is loaded with dark fruit, which you can easily see in its color. There is intensity, earthyness, smoke, licorice, espresso and black cherry from start to finish. The wine is a fabulous balance between the sweet fruits, youthful character and promise of future complexities.

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Pape Clement expresses smoke, tar, tobacco, cassis, cherry pipe tobacco and espresso in the perfume. Full bodied and richly textured, this round, concentrated wine ends with blackberry, cassis and bitter chocolate.

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2008 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

Still young in color, there is a depth of flavor in this slightly honeyed, stony, floral, citrus loaded wine that combines freshness, richness and vibrancy.

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With a deep yellow, gold hue, the wine opens with lemon wax, crushed rock and citrus peel notes. The wine is full bodied, deep and rich, with a honeyed, crushed and citrus finish that resolves with ample vibrancy and fruit.

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Loads of juicy, sweet, fresh, crisp grapefruit, flowers and a bit of honey open the perfume. In the mouth, the wine offers that same, fresh mildly honeyed, yellow citrus, with an invigorating, yellow, citrus finish. This is drinking well today.

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2007 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Smoke, herbs, tobacco and cassis on the nose. Medium bodied, soft, light in fruit, but lots of charm, this is fully mature and requires drinking over the next 3-7 years.

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A powerful nose filled with vanilla bean, lemon, white nectarine, citrus oil, floral and lime scents. Full bodied and rich, with an intensity of flavor, this oily, white Bordeaux wine fills your mouth with flavor and freshness.

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2007 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Smoke, herbs, tobacco and cassis on the nose. Medium bodied, soft, light in fruit, but lots of charm, this is fully mature and requires drinking over the next 4-6 years.

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2006 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Perfectly balancing all the sweet, ripe, pure, fresh, citrus, pomelo accented fruits with refreshing acidity, vanilla and a honeysuckle twist that brings more nuance to the wine. Developing nicely, drink this now or in a decade or two.

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2006 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Showing the beginning of secondary aromatics with its forest floor, truffle, smoke, earth and dark red fruits, the wine is fleshy, rich, concentrated and still youthful. Give it a few more years to soften, allowing the wood to better integrate, as it still shows wood tones on the palate, and this should be markedly better.

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With a smoke, earth. blackberry jam and cigar box perfume, round tannins, full body and a concentrated, tannic, jammy black cherry finish, the wine requires another 5 years to soften, allowing the oak to integrate and to display more secondary characteristics.

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The wines kicks off with smoke filled aromatics. It's plush mouth feel ends with a ripe, tannic filled, blackberry blast. This is a big style of Pape Clement. The winemaker says 06 reminds him of a more tannic version of the 04.

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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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2005 Château Pape Clément Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

This continues developing nicely. The complex nose kicks off with fresh citrus, peach, honeysuckle and vanilla notes that bring you to a fresh, lemony blast of fruit that is kept fresh, due to its ample levels of acidity. This is drinking well now and has room for improvement.

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2004 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Rich and concentrated, the ripe dark berries, soft tannins and round textures make this easy to drink.

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With a perfume of smoke, tobacco, coffee, blackberries and jam, this supple textured, ripe, round wine offers a lot of voluptuous, spicy black cherries,cassis, tobacco and earthy tones. Give it a few more years and this delicious Pessac Leognan wine will add more complexity and roundness.

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2003 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Smoke, fresh roasted Espresso beans, blackberry jam, chocolate, tobacco and forest aromas led off the wine. On the palate, the wine had plush textures and ample black and blue fruits, finishing with silky, chocolate covered cherries and coffee sensations. Well-made and fun to taste. But something was missing that would not allow me to buy the wine. Close, but no cigar.

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2002 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Drinking surprisingly well at 10 years of age, the wine opens with licorice, smoke, blackberry and black cherry jam, tobacco and earth with a hint of espresso bean. The wine is soft, round and plush, finishing with a sweet, black cherry and cocoa sensation.

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2001 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Smoke, licorice, coffee bean, cocoa and ripe black cherry notes pop, the moment the cork leaves the bottle. Silky, soft and lush on the palate, the only drawback is the oak on the rich, finish, which is a little drying.

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Smoke, cherry pipe tobacco, licorice, vanilla, truffle and crème de cassis scents play well with the soft, sensuous textures and an inviting, fresh, cassis and spicy blackberry finish, While not mature, this is offering a lot of pleasure today.

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This delicious, complex and close to mature wine blended smoke, spice, tobacco and currants in the perfume. Full bodied and with the texture of silk, this rich wine ends with a long supple, ripe, fruit filled finish.

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2000 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1999 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Medium/full bodied, with a spicy nose that also counts smoke, black cherry, tobacco, olives and forest leaf notes in its nuances. Soft, round and with a fresh attitude to the red fruits on the palate, the wine is at peak maturity today.

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1998 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

The first vintage of Pape Clement with the stamp of Bernard Magrez is probably drinking at close to its peak today, with a tobacco, cherry, earth, smoke and truffle nose. The wine starts soft on the palate, but there is a dusty, rough note in the finish that is a little harsh. Still, the spicy, dark fruits and cocoa in the end are quite nice. There is probably no real hurry to drink this wine, but I am not sure it needs more age.

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1996 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Fully mature, with a smoky, thyme, earth, lit cigar, leafy forest and cassis filled nose. There is a slight sense of rusticity on the medium bodied, palate that alternates between fresh cassis and cranberry fruits in the finish. I'd probably opt for drinking this sooner than later.

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1995 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 88

Like many wines from the 1995 vintage, the tannins remain hard, and the wine has taken on a firm, strict character. The secondary, smoke, espresso, tobacco and dark cherry nose is fine, but on the tough palate, the wine is not much fun to drink.

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1990 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Smoke, tobacco and smoked dark, red fruits sums this up nicely. Tasting and smelling like a cigar, burning cedar wood, smoked meats, earth dark, red fruits also made an appearance. The texture has started taking on the patina of age, but be forewarned, the cigar and smoke elements carry through from the nose and the palate. So, you have to like that character. The table was mixed on the wine. But I liked it. Fully mature, popped and poured, decanting was not needed here.

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Spice, bbq, smoke, pepper, black cherry, hot bricks and dry leaves make up the . Medium/full bodied, with a soft textured, jammy black raspberry and kirsch filled finish, this Bordeaux wine is fully mature and is drinking perfectly today. But I would not hold it hoping it will get better, this Pessac Leognan needs to be enjoyed over the next 5-10 years.

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Fully mature and ready to rock. This elegant wine offers a lot of pleasure with its tobacco scented, black fruit profile. Silky and elegant. This is the prefect time to catch this wine

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A light ruby color greets your eyes. Notes of tobacco, smoke, cassis, blackberries & herbs says hello to your mouth. And your palate is met by a ripe, spicy, blackberry pie washed down with a dose of cassis. Very full bodied, rich, silky entry with good concentration of ripe fruit.

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1989 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

This has morphed into a very fine, fully mature Bordeaux. The wine features earthy, black fruit and smoke aromas and offers a good palate presence.

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1975 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 84

1975 Pape Clement is filled with smoke, cedar, cassis, peppery and earthy aromas. This fully mature, lean, austere wine ends with dark fruit and coca powder sensations. Drink up.

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1964 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Smoke, truffle, earth, tobacco, tar, cedar and cassis notes make up the mature aromatics. Four square in texture, the wine finishes with short, earthy, spice and cherry tones.

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1961 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Smoke, burning campfire embers, tobacco, earth and cherry notes create the nose. The wine is fully mature, with that beautiful patina of aged silky cassis in the medium bodied finish.

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1961 Pape Clement offers smoke, cigar box, truffle, spicy black cherry, forest floor and tar scents. This medium/full bodied, fully mature, Pessac Leognan wine finishes with a smoky, tobacco and dark cherry sensation.

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1959 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 88

Pipe tobacco, smoke, ash, cigar box, cedar, cassis, cherry, earth, truffle and spice aromas led to an elegant, medium bodied, spicy, red berry filled wine that should not be held for further ageing.

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1958 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 82

From a very difficult vintage, remnants of bright, red fruit found a way to peek through the smoke, wet forest, herb, cedar and tobacco wall. If you need a birthyear wine from this challenging vintage, all things considered, this is not a bad way to go.

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