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Pape Clément Blanc 2020

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

The rare dry white wine of Château Pape Clément is made from around 50:50 Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle. Made from an 18 hectare plot.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2020Pape Clément BlancBT2 \ 6301,070.001292/94 NM30118.88888894.0092.00Pape Clement Blanc0.7530
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Tasting Notes

The 2020 Pape Clément Blanc is a clear step up from the Le Prélat and Clementin, delivering taut, mineral-rich citrus fruit aromas with vibrancy and tension. The palate is well balanced and seems less oaky than previous vintages when tasted from barrel. Ginger and lemongrass enliven the finish on this excellent Pape Clément Blanc. Drink: 2022-2038

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2021

Lots of white peach and red apple with crushed-stone and pine-needle undertones. Full-bodied, yet compact and linear with beautiful toffee, light caramel, praline and nougat character to the fruit. Hints of wood. It shows phenolic tension and form, yet remains agile and energetic. Impressive for the vintage.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2021

Pape Clement's 2020 Blanc leaps from the glass with gregarious notions of fresh pink grapefruit, Bosc pears and lime blossoms with hints of coriander seed, yuzu zest and white pepper. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers fantastically intense citrus and pear flavors with a racy backbone and silky texture, finishing long and fragrant. The blend this year is 67% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Sémillon and 3% Sauvignon Gris, with anticipated bottling projected to be taking place on December 14 and 15, 2021. The alcohol is 13.5%. Drink: 2024 - 2037

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (May 2021 W), May 2021

A delicious Pape Clément blanc, this has flesh, power, depth, character and a ton of juicy minerality with white pear, peach, and a slate-filled texture that adds grip and saline freshness. Well balanced and easy to recommend. Tasted three times.

Drinking Window 2022 - 2032

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, May 2021

Full clear-glass bottle (carefully wrapped in silver foil) 1,305 g. Cask sample taken 6 April – two weeks ago! The handwritten label asks me to taste it before 16 April. Oh dear … too many reds to taste!
Good lemon lift on the nose here. Really lively with some spritz and a kiss of oak rather than being dominated by it. This is clever winemaking with a mineral element. Really lively. I may be tasting this four days too late but it's still awfully impressive! Just the right balance of ripe fruit and fresh acidity. Sprightly even. Tension and a floral element. Great stuff! 13.5%
Drink 2022 – 2029

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2021

The 2020 is 67% Sauvignon Blanc and just 30% Sémillon, with 3% Sauvignon Gris to make up the blend. Vinification takes place in a mix of 30% new oak, together with used oak barrels, steel and cement. pH is low at 3.2, with an abv of 14%. Fleshy pears, vanilla and fresh pastries on the nose here. The palate is glossy and rounded, plump with juicy stone fruits and baking spices. There is enough vibrant acidity and pithy texture to cut through this flesh and leave some real tension. The oak is toasty and sweet for now, but this shows good promise.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2021

(67% SB, 30% SM, 3% SG)
Pale gold; rich, supple wine, moderate in acidity; dry, broad, quite mouthfilling, but lacking real vitality; plenty of matter, moderate length across the palate, and modest in scope and definition for its status. Good light length to finish. Good wine, of course, but not a top PC Blanc. 2024–30+.

Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine, May 2021
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