Chateau Pape Clement Rouge 2016

Chateau Pape Clement Rouge 2016

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Château Pape Clément is one of the oldest Grands Crus of Bordeaux. The first harvests took place in 1252 - The Estate was implemented in the XIIth century by Bertrand de Goth, Archbishop of Bordeaux, When Bertrand de Got became Pope in 1305 under the name of Clement V, he was forced to give the Chateau to the Archbishop of Bordeaux. The estate was sold during the French Revolution. Nothing of note happens until 1939 when Paul Montagne purchases the estate and begin to renovate the estate. In 1975 the estate is owned by 2 families; the wife of Bernard Magrez (the current owner) owned 20%. Bernard slowly purchased shares in the vineyard and in 1980 he became the sole owner.

32.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau Pape Clement has 30 hectares planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot for the red wine. The estate is a mix of technolgy. One one hand, they use Gascon Oxen to plow the fields but at the same time, they will use drones to collect infra red technology to keep track of the grapes maturity.
Wine Spectator: 96
This takes a slightly different tack than many of its Pessac colleagues, relying less on bramble and tar and more on alluring toast, with mocha, anise, wood spice and black tea notes draped liberally over the core of sappy kirsch and cherry preserve flavors. Plush and suave through the finish, though this needs a bit of time for the wood elements to be fully integrated with the fruit. For fans of the flashier, cashmere-textured style. Best from 2023 through 2037. 12,500 cases made.
Wine Advocate: 96
Decanter: 95
An extremely attractive Pape Clement, with its own style and the feeling of the fruit being layered over a silky, seductive line of dark chocolate and tarry oak – and it works. This is big but has good balance, not over the top. It's enjoyable, silky and richly textured, and will age well. The tannins start to build on the finish, with a chewy quality that speaks of the extraction. There’s a lot to enjoy here. Drinking Window 2025 – 2042.
Wine Enthusiast: 95
This rich, warm wine offers tannins cushioned within layers of black fruits. It is dense with structure and fruit while also having the freshness and acidity typical of this vintage. The wine will age for several years, becoming richer and more opulent. Drink from 2025. Cellar Selection.
Vinous: 93
The 2016 Pape Clément exudes class and is one of the raciest, silkiest wines I have ever tasted here. The purity and intensity of the flavors is striking. Dark cherry, chocolate, spice and leather open up first. The full range of aromatics has not developed yet - that will come with time. Today, it is the wine's balance that is most remarkable.
James Suckling: 98
Stunning concentration of perfectly ripe blackcurrants here with a delicate whiff of vanilla oak and extremely fine tannins that are almost perfectly integrated on the seductive and delicate palate, right through the almost literally breathtaking, super-long and very polished finish. Try from 2022.