2014 Pessac-Leognan, Cru Classé from Bordeaux
This 2014 Pessac-Leognan Chateau Pape Clément offers a great amount of black fruits, frankly and purely given off, without being altered by wood. The swirling exhales a large palette of fresh blackcurrant, raspberry and smashed blackberry. A fresh cedar of Lebanon note concludes the olfactory examination.
The attack is ample, bold and leads to a solid mid-palate. The wine is round carried by a strong tannic structure that is fine on the finish. The finish is fruity and the whole gives this Cru Classé a good ageing potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT 33600 PESSAC FRANCE|
|Producer||Château Pape Clément|
- R. Gabriel : 18
- J. Robinson : 17
- Vineyard : Graves
- Wine Spectator : 91-94
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc