Pape Clément 2014


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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Pape-Clement has a very classy bouquet with red berry fruit, cranberry and strawberry mixed with clove, sandalwood and a hint of black olive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very focused and beautifully integrated with the oak. It just builds in the mouth towards a very confidence, sophisticated, tensile finish with graphite lingering on the aftertaste. Superb. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drink 2021 - 2050.

Score: 94Neal Martin,, March 2018

The 2014 Pape Clement has quite a potent bouquet with lavish red cherry, kirsch, iodine and pastille-like scents, the oak probably needing another couple of years to fully integrate. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, quite refined and focused with appreciable tension towards the finish that comes laden with succulent, tobacco-infused blackberry fruit. This is a sumptuous and yet refined Pape-Clement that demonstrated the most matière or substance out of all the Pessac-Léognan 2014s that I tasted, except for the Haut-Brion. It is certainly a wine destined for a long future. Drink 2020-2050

Score: 94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Château Pape Clément 2014 is a blend of 57.5% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot picked from 24 September until 20 October. It is matured in 60% new oak. Strangely, first sniff of the nose whisks you away to the Côtes de Nuits, such is its purity. Small dark cherries, hints of crème de cassis and vanilla; it is beautifully poised and with continued aeration there is just a suggestion of dark chocolate. The palate is full-bodied and dense in the mouth, the oak nicely integrated here and the acidity well judged. It actually possesses the linearity of the La Mission Haut-Brion ’14 tasted on the previous visit. There is no fantail on the finish, but there is plenty of mineralité and tension. Tasted four or five times and never to be under-estimated. Drink 2018-2045.

Score: 93/95Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

Intense blackberry and blueberry aromas as well as mushroom undertones. Violets, too. Sweet tobacco. Full-bodied and layered with polished tannins. Very long and beautiful. Give it two or three years to show what it has but already a beauty.

Score: 96James Suckling,, February 2017

This shows finesse and class of the vintage with pure blackberry and currant character. Full body, fine tannins and a beautiful finish.

Score: 93/94James Suckling,, March 2015

The 2014 Pape Clément is strikingly beautiful. Dark, sumptuous and creamy, it exudes class. Black cherry, mocha, spice, espresso, menthol and new leather are all pushed forward in a spherical, rich wine that captivates all the senses. As always, this is an overt style, but the purity of the fruit comes through nicely now that the oak has started to integrate. There is plenty of the Magrez trademark richness, but done in a slightly more restrained style than in the past. This is a gorgeous wine by any measure. Tasted three times.

Score: 94+Antonio Galloni,, February 2017

Tasted blind. One of the first positively interesting noses for a while. Then a very dry finish. But it’s intense and long so should come right eventually.
Drink 2024-2040

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, (226), February 2018

Owner Bernard Magrez has made serious investments here since the late 1990's and recent vintages have been outstanding thanks to extremely low yields, labour-intensive sorting of grapes and modern wine-making techniques. Quality bears no relation to the weedy wines of the early 1980's and before. The 42 hectares are planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. Deep purple colour. Black fruits on the nose with mulberry and exotic spice with a smoky toasty character. The palate is rich and intense with black cherry, blackcurrant and roasted coffee. Opulent but iwth mouthfilling ripe tannins to give structure. This is a big, muscular style with an impressive concentration of ripe black fruit.

Score: 16+Farr Vintners, March 2015

Lavish in profile, this sports a range of warm fruitcake, anise and black tea aromatics followed quickly by a gush of raspberry, plum and boysenberry confiture notes. Velvety, showing ample structure through the finish, pulling the fruit and wood notes together. A rare bird, stylistically, in this generally understated vintage. Best from 2020 through 2035. 11,667 cases made.

Score: 93James Molesworth,, February 2017

The nose has a mix of fragrances quite fresh and black fruits feature on the palate. Fresh at the start but richer and sweeter in the middle quite fleshy and behind the sweetness there is freshness the finish bright. 2026-34

Score: 86/89Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Score: 90Tim Atkin MW,, April 2015

Score: 94Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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