A prodigious effort from Pape Clement, this wine is smokin'! It boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a terrific nose of charcoal, blackberries, cassis, tobacco, minerals, and spice. This brilliantly-focused, medium to full-bodied 1998 already reveals a boatload of complexity as well as a remarkably long finish. A large-sized effort for this estate, it exhibits a sweet mid-palate and ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025. Bravo!
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000|
|Score: 89/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999|
Dark but shaded. More smudgy and Graves-like than the wine before it (which was in fact Haut Brion) but rich and velvety and lots of pleasure. Quite different from Haut Brion. Gorgeous!!!
|Score: 18.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2006|
|Score: 18||Farr Vintners, March 2006|
This property has been making superb wines since its renaissance in the mid 1980's. The 1998 has been produced from 50% Merlot, with 90% of the production being matured in new oak barrels. Bernard Pujol believes it to be the best Pape Clement since 1990. Rich, opulent and exotic with a velvety texture. Really beautiful.
(FV 18) POSTSCRIPT - In Spring 2006 at a blind tasting of all the 1998 Graves and Right Bank wines this came second overall (to Petrus) and beat Haut Brion, La Mission, Le Pin, Cheval Blanc, Ausone, etc, etc.
| ||Farr Vintners, April 1999|