2020 Château Pape Clément, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

The 2020 Pape-Clément is a wine of impressive poise and energy from this much-loved estate. Not overblown, but with perfectly ripe tannins, and a long and savoury finish, it's a really charming wine: one of the most delicious examples we've come across from here, but a wine with a considerable life ahead.

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  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon
    50% Merlot
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2048
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château Pape Clément, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan


Superb aromas of blackberries, crushed stones, iodine and graphite. Full-bodied with ultra fine tannins and a balanced finish. Such length and beauty. Very close to the 2019 in quality.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)

Cask sample. Perhaps a little more closed than their Clémentin. Great integrity to the fruit though, and there is a sense of decorum and breeding to the fruit, as well as stunning length. Super-fine tannins, refreshing acidity, everything in proportion

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2021)

The 2020 Pape Clément, which I afforded an hour’s aeration, has a very precise bouquet of pure blackberry, cedar, mint and violet aromas, quite discreet but paradoxically intense; these aromas are very seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, lithe tannins framing wonderfully pure black fruit laced with crushed stone and a judicious touch of white pepper. Seamless in texture, this is a sophisticated Pape Clément in the making, an outstanding wine that should age brilliantly in bottle.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)

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.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)