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Château Pape Clément




Pessac Léognan

Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Pape Clément, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2020

6x75cl £376.00

5 cases Equiv. £62.67 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

This was our first impression of the 2020 vintage, and it had us eager to taste more. Pape Clement can have a tendency to prioritise scale over definition, however, Bernard Magrez and his team have found a perfect pitch this year. The bouquet is vivid with notes of violets, cedar, coal, dark brooding cassis and just a touch of menthol. The palate is broad and elemental yet there is a brightness and charm to the fruit; it’s pure, fragrant and packed with layers of mouth-coating bright dark berries. What makes this so engaging if the precision of fruit, not something we always associate with Pape Clement, and the profile of the tannins. If feels like the extractions have been spot on, embracing the character of the vintage, without any excess. One’s palate is left lifted with tantalising flavours of griotte, pure cassis and graphite.

"Powerful in colour, this has the glass staining red and purple colours that Pape Clément does so well. Touches of liquorice and cocoa beans, well handled, this gives power with one hand but takes it away with the other as the austerity and fresh mint leaf comes to the fore. Impressive, a really enjoyable, classically wrought but still full of concentration Pape Clément. Savoury, there is nothing too exuberant in the fruits but it exudes deft confidence. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044." 94/100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Pape Clement comes barreling out of the glass with bold notes of cassis, plum preserves and licorice, giving way to scents of cedar chest, crushed rocks, charcoal and pencil lead. The medium to full-bodied palate is tightly coiled with beautiful tension and a firm, finely grained texture locking in the layers of black fruits and minerals, finishing with great length and energy. The blend this year is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot, aging mainly in French oak barriques, 66% new, with about 10% aging in large oak foudres. The wine will spend approximately 18 months in barrels." 96-98/100 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

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