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Pape Clément 2019

Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

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 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2019Pape Clément RecommendedBT20 \ 10250725.001296/98 NM25080.55555466666798.0096.00Pape Clement Rouge0.7510
Bordeaux2019Pape Clément NewMG5 \ 030740.00696/98 NM3082.22222333333398.0096.00Pape Clement Rouge1.510
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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Pape-Clément was picked from 17 September to 10 October, underwent a 30 day maceration. Matured in 90% oak barrels and 10% wooden foudres for 18 months. It has a very perfumed bouquet with luscious black cherries and boysenberry fruit, touches of raspberry preserve and crème de cassis. The palate is full-bodied and quite muscular, exerting a firm grip and displaying plenty of tobacco-tinged black fruit that dovetails into a more saline, marine influenced finish. This is a very serious Pape-Clément that will require longer ageing than its peers, but will surely be rewarding for those with patience. Tasted on five occasions - hopefully there is some wine left back at the château. 2025 - 2060

Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot, the 2019 Pape Clement was harvested from the 18th of September to the 11th of October. Ninety-three percent is aging in French oak barriques, 66% new, and 7% is aging in large foudres. Deep garnet-purple in color, it hits the ground running with bold, expressive notes of warm cassis, boysenberries and black cherries with an undercurrent of clove oil, fertile loam, cedar chest and tar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers a rock-solid foundation of firm, ripe grainy tannins and tons of freshness supporting the densely packed black fruit and earthy layers, finishing very long and mineral laced.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020

This shows attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate, walnuts, wet earth, mushrooms and berries with full-body, round and refined tannins and a subtle, focused finish. Excellent length, in a sophisticated way. Chewy at the end.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020

The 2019 Pape Clément is a fabulous wine. Rich, exotic and sweet in its grandeur, the 2019 captivates all the senses with its dazzling beauty. The 2019 is a wine of statuesque proportions that impresses with its intensity. Dark fruit, spice, pear, tobacco and gravel all explode out of the glass. There is so much to look forward to here. What a wine. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

50/50 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep purple colour. Sweet and seductive on the nose, full of cassis, kirsch and charred spices from wood. This is plush and modern but not overworked. The palate is full bodied, sweet with spice, dense with black fruit and mouthcoating in sandy, ripe tannins. Chewy and impressive, pairing suculent fruit and toasty wood in balance. There is enough refinement and just a hint of savoury cedar in the background. Though oily and decadent there is enough restraint here to suit a wide audience, particularly after 5+ years in bottle when the oak has had more time to integrate into the wine.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, November 2021
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A yielf of 45hl/ha in 2019, the second year in a row with good yields for the property. Picked between the 18th September and 8th October. A straight 50:50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Two thirds new oak, one third used oak - with 10-15% large vats, which are a new addition to reduce the influence of new oak on the wines. Deep ruby in colour with an impressive and spicy nose of opulent cassis, damson, tobacco and sweet vanilla. The palate is dense and richly structured, the mouthcoating tannins complementing the glossy black fruit at the core. There are waves of wood smoke, clove, and cigar smoke, but the fleshy black fruit is intense enough to find a hedonistic balance. Driven and powerful through to a long, smoky and intense finish. Impressive, if modern.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

I loved the 2019 Château Pape Clement. This beautiful terroir in the heart of Pessac has produced and magical 2019. Stunning notes of crème de cassis, spring flowers, violets, crushed stone, and lead pencil and flow to a full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, elegant effort with great tannins and a rock star of a finish. It's a rich, powerful wine, yet it's the level of purity and elegance that sets it apart. Bravo! Tasted twice.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, June 2020
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