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2008 Château Pape-Clément

Graves, Pessac-Léognan

Ex-château; recent library release help

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$125.00 per Bottle


1 Bottle




"2008: One of the top successes of the vintage, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was harvested between October 8 and 24. The late harvest ensured perfect ripeness as evidenced by the sweet bouquet of black cherries, lead pencil shavings, cassis and subtle barbecue smoke. Well-balanced with good acidity, ripe tannins, medium to full body and a layered mouthfeel, this excellent 2008 can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #194
(WA, 05/01/2011)

Rating: 95
Drink from: 2011-2026

"The 2008 Pape Clément has a perfumed bouquet with blackberry, boysenberry, pencil lead and black olive scents, just a subtle estuarine element coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a fine bead of acidity, quite dense and muscular but retaining delineation. My one quibble is that the oak just feels a little too conspicuous towards the finish, so give it another 4 to 5 years." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
(NM, 02/01/2018)

Rating: 93+
Drink from: 2022-2035

"Smoky, toasty oak notes take the lead in this powerful red, framing a core of dark flavors, with cassis, espresso and tar. Bold, with muscular tannins and chewy extract. Best from 2013 through 2020. 7,750 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 01/01/2011)

Rating: 90
Drink from: 2013-2020

"Zesty, energetic. Well-handled tannins which are a pleasure to encounter after the St-Émilions! Bright and fresh. Lots there." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 03/21/2018)

Rating: 17.5
Drink from: 2017-2034

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