Due to be bottled December 2019, the 2018 Pape Clément Blanc has a fresh bouquet with nectarine, frangipane, crushed stone and pressed white flower scents, just a touch of gravel in the background. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, more saline than previous vintages with touches of walnut and smoke towards the precise finish. Excellent. 2021 - 2035
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
The Pape Clement 2018 Blanc slips languidly from the glass with tropical notes of warm pineapples, fresh mango and green guava plus hints of nutmeg, orange blossoms, lanolin and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, rich and seductive, it is absolutely laden with tropical fruit and spice layers, with a racy line to support and long, opulent finish. The blend is 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 39% Sémillon and 4% Muscadelle. Anticipated aging regimen is 14 months in 55% new and 45% second-fill French oak barrels.
|Score: 94/96+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is a cylinder of dense fruit and phenolic intensity, yet it remains agile and vivid with cooked-apple, honey and cream character, compounding the fantastic texture and structure. A great white with the same gravitas as a red.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Pape Clément Blanc is laced with white flowers, mint, passion fruit, apricot and chamomile. Here, too, the more restrained style that is typical at the estate these days is very much in evidence. The blend is 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 39% Sémillon and 4% Muscadelle, all fermented in oak, including larger 500-liter and 10HL foudres. Larger format oak adds an element of tension and brightness that is super intriguing.
|Score: 90/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Barrel sample. Super-inviting creamy lemon nose. Ripe and spicy but not OTT. On the palate, lots of oak spice and a bit of heat but the fruit is pure citrus and pear. Perhaps a little intense on the finish, overwhelmed by spice, but should calm down. (JH)
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Very tropical on the nose with mango, passionfruit and guava overlayed with toasty french oak. The palate is much the same, very fleshy, juicy and exotic. The spiced notes are strong and sweet, exaggerating the ripeness of the fruit. This is powerful and opulent, and for lovers of ripe and smoky white wines.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
White flowers, citrus, lemon curd, and honeysuckle notes all emerge from the 2018 Château Pape Clément Blanc, which is a blend of 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 29% Sémillon, and 4% Muscadelle. Full-bodied, concentrated, beautifully balanced, and with integrated acidity, it’s another smoking good white from this estate.
|Score: 94/96||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
I rarely write the word tannic about a white wine, but this is a massively intense wine with a lot of traction coming from the skin and this brings size and scale to the whole experience. You will have to wait a long while for it to calm down, but this is a fascinating, if unusual, (tannic) white wine.
|Score: 17+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|