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!
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!!!
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.