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Chateau Pape Clement Pessac-Leognan 2018 (Six-Pack Price)

$599.00

I’ve probably had every vintage of Pape Clement since the mid-70s and then a dozen or so select vintages prior. This is the best vintage they’ve ever produced as it’s drinking right now! Throw this in a cellar for 10 years and I think you’re looking at a masterpiece.

Part of the reason is a conscious desire by Bernard Magrez to make Bordeaux that is more approachable in its youth because frankly, many people were drinking the wines too young. But through advances in winemaking methods and technology, the solution, better integrated tannin and bright acids make the wines more enjoyable now and even more suitable for the long haul.

The press is all over it in their 95-99 point reviews. Here’s a highlight from Jeb Dunnuck:

“…the 2018 Château Pape Clement from Bernard Magrez is a gorgeous wine that’s performing even better from bottle than barrel, which is always a good sign. Deep ruby/purple, with stunning crème de cassis and blackberry fruits as well as kaleidoscope-like notes of graphite, scorched earth, smoke, violets, and spring flowers, it offers full-bodied richness yet stays light on its feet, graceful, and almost ethereal on the palate, with integrated acidity and building yet seamless tannins.”

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Expert Reviews

99 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak, the 2018 Château Pape Clement from Bernard Magrez is a gorgeous wine that’s performing even better from bottle than barrel, which is always a good sign. Deep ruby/purple, with stunning crème de cassis and blackberry fruits as well as kaleidoscope-like notes of graphite, scorched earth, smoke, violets, and spring flowers, it offers full-bodied richness yet stays light on its feet, graceful, and almost ethereal on the palate, with integrated acidity and building yet seamless tannin’s. The Cabernet Sauvignon really sings at this point, and there’s almost a Médoc-like regalness here. Reminding me of a slightly more elegant 2005 (it also has similarities to the 2016), it will benefit from 4-6 years in the cellar and keep for 30+ years.

97 Points, James Suckling
Aromas of wild blackberries, blueberries, dried lavender, cloves and eucalyptus with gravel and cocoa butter. It’s full-bodied with firm, powdery tannins. Polished and creamy with a core of ripe fruit that evolves to herbs, spices and chocolate. Fantastic concentration and seamless integration. Try from 2024.

96 Points (Cellar Selection), Wine Enthusiast
An oasis of green, this grand estate within the Bordeaux suburbs has produced a powerful, massively textured wine. It also has the fruit richness to partner the structure along with a fresher streak of acidity. The wine will age, so drink from 2026.

96 Points, Wine Spectator
A warm mocha note drapes elegantly over a prodigious core of steeped red and black currant and blackberry fruit while waves of black tea, anise, fruitcake and applewood fill in on the finish. Structure is serious and well-imbedded. Really well put together. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 through 2038.

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