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2012 Château Pape-Clément

Graves, Pessac-Léognan
(OWC)

Ex-negociant; earliest anticipated arrival is Summer 2016. help
 
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PRICE:
$1,020.00 per Case of Bottles

SIZE:
750ml

AVAILABLE:
3 cases of Bottles

 

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TASTING NOTES

"The iconic 2012 Pape Clement is a candidate for near-perfection as well as one of the wines of the vintage. From proprietor Bernard Magrez, this is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. This extraordinary vineyard (a few miles to the west of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion) has hit all the highlights of this vintage. Interestingly, the quality of the Pomerols and Graves wines in 2012 is closer to what one would consider a great vintage than the general image of 2012. This is truly great wine and not far off their magnificent 2005 and 2010. Full-bodied, with rich cassis, subtle burning embers and spice followed by velvety, well-integrated tannins, the wine is lush, expansive, savory and profound. This is a remarkable wine that could be drunk at a reasonably young age, but should cellar brilliantly for a quarter-century. Yields were modest at 37 hectoliters per hectare from this 132-acre estate. The alcohol level came in at 13.5%." eRobertParker.com #218
(WA, 04/01/2015)

Rating: 97
Drink from: 2015-2040


"Densely packed, with lots of dark steeped currant, fig and blackberry fruit, slowly melding with muscular licorice snap, bramble, singed bay and ganache notes. The long, dark, ganache-coated finish isn't shy, but an enticing rusticity keeps this honest. A large-scaled wine that has really powered up since the barrel tasting. Best from 2018 through 2027. 12,500 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 03/31/2015)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2018-2027


"The 2012 Pape Clement is one of racier, more voluptuous wines of the year. Deep, supple and flamboyant, the 2012 is laced with expressive dark stone fruit, game, cured meats and dried flowers. This is one of the more extroverted wines of the year. It should drink well with minimal cellaring and drink well to age 20-25. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. This is another strong 2012 from proprietor Bernard Magrez and Michel Rolland." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
(AG, 01/01/2016)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2018-2032


"This is rich and decadent with lots of wet earth, tobacco, berries and hints of cedar. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Better in 2018." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 02/11/2015)

Rating: 93
Drink from: 2018


"Very intense dark purplish crimson. Super-clean refreshing-but-ripe black fruit aromas. Sweet palate entry and then rather refreshing and muscular. For the moment it's all ripe sweetness but it has the constitution for giving immense pleasure. All the constituents are in the right balance and the finish is most refreshing." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/19/2013)

Rating: 17
Drink from: 2019-2032


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