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Bordeaux

2016 Château Pape Clément Pape Clément Rouge 2016 1500mL

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. Read more
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98 POINTS
James Suckling

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.

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Yves Beck - Yvesbeck.wine

Rouge grenat dense aux reflets pourpres. Ce sont les fruits et les épices qui dominent le nez de Pape Clément 2016, avec beaucoup de finesse et nombreuses facettes. Agréables notes de bois de réglisse et de fruits noirs. Au palais, le vin est compact, ample et doté de tannins imposants, aux grains fins. Comme beaucoup de grands vins, Pape Clément sait combiner l'ampleur et la finesse. Finale fruitée, épicée, rafraîchissante et persistante. Un vin auquel il sera difficile de résister et pourtant il mérite un peu de garde pour encore mieux se révéler ! 2024-2041 97/100

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Jeb Dunnuck

Tasted on two separate occasions, the 2016 Château Pape Clément never failed to impress, offering a huge, powerful, full-bodied personality as well as beautiful notes of cassis, graphite, high-class cigar tobacco, asphalt, and graphite. About as sexy as it gets in the vintage, with silky tannins and loads of fruit, it’s perfectly balanced and has a great finish. The 2016 is a blend of 60% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, all raised in 60% new barrels.

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Bettane & Desseauve - Bettane & Desseauve

Moitié cabernet, moitié merlot comme ses voisins de Pessac, et une merveilleuse texture au service d’une expression de terroir marquante, elle aussi, par la précocité des notes fumées (créosote) liées au merlot sur les terres de cette commune. Grand vin plus harmonieux que le 2015 à sa naissance.

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Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

Barrel Sample. This is a serious, structured wine with fine tannins as well as acidity. There is a depth of flavor in this elegant wine, with black currant fruit and great structure. A wine for the long haul.

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96 POINTS
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

Barrel Sample. This is a serious, structured wine with fine tannins as well as acidity. There is a depth of flavor in this elegant wine, with black currant fruit and great structure. A wine for the long haul.

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Neal Martin - Wine Advocate

The 2016 Pape Clement is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, picked from 30 September until 19 October at 48 hectoliters per hectare. The first bottle that I tasted with Bernard Magrez and his team felt a little overdone, but I had a strong suspicion that it was not a representative bottle. A second bottle was more restrained on the nose with blackberries, red plum, a touch of cloves and a light iodine influence. I love the delineation and detail here. The palate is medium-bodied with a graphite-infused entry, plenty of black fruit, saline in the mouth with great depth and cohesion on the long and tender finish. It continues Pape-Clement/Bernard Magrez' move towards a more classic style compared to the previous decade. Tasted four times, once as I mentioned, unnecessarily richer in style, but the other three consistent.

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James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

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.  –JM

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Winemakers Note

Pape Clément...very few fine wines can boast seven centuries of history and trace their origins back to a pope. Château Pape Clément is one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux. The vineyards were first planted in the XIIIth century by Bertrand de Goth, the youngest son of a noble family from Bordeaux. He was elected Pope in 1305, during the reign of Philippe le Bel, and took the name of Clément V. He gave his name to Château Pape Clément. The estate belonged to the Archbishop of Bordeaux until the French Revolution. Wine has been made here continuously for 7 centuries. Since 1985, this Grand Cru Classé of Graves is one of Bernard Magrez' icons. Château Pape Clément is a wine of connoisseurs, it has a unique identity, recognizable among all; the signature of its exceptional and preserved terroir. Combining traditional and state-of-the-art techniques, the wines of Château Pape Clément are made according to the highest standards: use of modern technologies, creation of a research and development center, partnerships with world specialists in viticulture and oenology, everything is done to achieve excellence, to bring ever greater precision and to anticipate the major changes of tomorrow.

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