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2016 Château Pape-Clément

Graves, Pessac-Léognan
(OWC)

This is a Bordeaux future; earliest anticipated arrival is Fall 2019. help
 
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PRICE:
$546.50 per 12 Half Bottles (375ml) (owc)

SIZE:
375ml

AVAILABLE:
2 groups

 

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TASTING NOTES

"Half Cabernet, half Merlot, just like its neighbors in Pessac, and a marvelous texture enabling an expression of the terroir, more specifically precocious smoky notes dues to the Merlot on this terroir. Great wine, with better harmony than the 2015 at its birth." Michel Bettane/Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 56
(WFW, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 97-98


"This is phenomenal with a density and finesse that are hard to remember for this wine. Full-bodied, tight and polished. Seamless texture and salty undertones. Goes on for minutes. Truly great. What a barrel sample." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 04/04/2017)

Rating: 97-98


"The 2016 Pape Clément is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, picked from 30 September until 19 October at 48 hectoliters per hectare. The first bottle that I tasted with Bernard Magrez and his team felt a little overdone, but I had a strong suspicion that it was not a representative bottle. A second bottle was more restrained on the nose with blackberries, red plum, a touch of cloves and a light iodine influence. I love the delineation and detail here. The palate is medium-bodied with a graphite-infused entry, plenty of black fruit, saline in the mouth with great depth and cohesion on the long and tender finish. It continues Pape-Clément/Bernard Magrez' move towards a more classic style compared to the previous decade. Tasted four times, once as I mentioned, unnecessarily richer in style, but the other three consistent." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230
(WA, 04/28/2017)

Rating: 95-97
Drink from: 2024-2050


"Intense, with vivacious cassis, blueberry and boysenberry confiture notes, while tar, anise and warm fruitcake flavors pulse underneath. Offers seriously flashy toast at the end, but has the density to soak it up. A big wine." Wine Spectator
(WS, 04/06/2017)

Rating: 94-97


"The 2016 Pape Clément exudes class and is one of the raciest, silkiest wines I have ever tasted here. The purity and intensity of the flavors is striking. Dark cherry, chocolate, spice and leather open up first. The full range of aromatics has not developed yet - that will come with time. Today, it is the wine's balance that is most remarkable." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
(AG, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 93-96


"Very luscious nose with enormous opulence. Then on the palate there is no great sweetness but drying tannins on the finish. Something not quite fully ripe phenolically on the palate. Hint of greenness. Falls away on the end. It’s definitely front-loaded! " JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/21/2017)

Rating: 16.5
Drink from: 2026-2040


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