2014 Château Pape Clément, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Ripe dark fruits, cedar and coffee bean dominate the nose and plush, powerful palate, alongside fine, ripe tannins galore. A mellow style and a wine for relaxing with on an autumn evening, this is one of the top picks from Pessac in 2014.

Critic score
94/100
Pricing
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£412.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    57.5% Merlot
    37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
    5% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13.5%
2014 Château Pape Clément, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

The Château Pape Clément 2014 is a blend of 57.5% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot picked from 24 September until 20 October. It is matured in 60% new oak. Strangely, first sniff of the nose whisks you away to the Côtes de Nuits, such is its purity. Small dark cherries, hints of crème de cassis and vanilla; it is beautifully poised and with continued aeration there is just a suggestion of dark chocolate. The palate is full-bodied and dense in the mouth, the oak nicely integrated here and the acidity well judged. It actually possesses the linearity of the La Mission Haut-Brion ’14 tasted on the previous visit. There is no fantail on the finish, but there is plenty of mineralité and tension. Tasted four or five times and never to be under-estimated.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Issue #218 (April 2015)
93—95/100

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