A yielf of 45hl/ha in 2019, the second year in a row with good yields for the property. Picked between the 18th September and 8th October. A straight 50:50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Two thirds new oak, one third used oak - with 10-15% large vats, which are a new addition to reduce the influence of new oak on the wines. Deep ruby in colour with an impressive and spicy nose of opulent cassis, damson, tobacco and sweet vanilla. The palate is dense and richly structured, the mouthcoating tannins complementing the glossy black fruit at the core. There are waves of wood smoke, clove, and cigar smoke, but the fleshy black fruit is intense enough to find a hedonistic balance. Driven and powerful through to a long, smoky and intense finish. Impressive, if modern.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Pape-Clément was picked from 17 September to 10 October, underwent a 30 day maceration. Matured in 90% oak barrels and 10% wooden foudres for 18 months. It has a very perfumed bouquet with luscious black cherries and boysenberry fruit, touches of raspberry preserve and crème de cassis. The palate is full-bodied and quite muscular, exerting a firm grip and displaying plenty of tobacco-tinged black fruit that dovetails into a more saline, marine influenced finish. This is a very serious Pape-Clément that will require longer ageing than its peers, but will surely be rewarding for those with patience. Tasted on five occasions - hopefully there is some wine left back at the château. 2025 - 2060
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot, the 2019 Pape Clement was harvested from the 18th of September to the 11th of October. Ninety-three percent is aging in French oak barriques, 66% new, and 7% is aging in large foudres. Deep garnet-purple in color, it hits the ground running with bold, expressive notes of warm cassis, boysenberries and black cherries with an undercurrent of clove oil, fertile loam, cedar chest and tar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers a rock-solid foundation of firm, ripe grainy tannins and tons of freshness supporting the densely packed black fruit and earthy layers, finishing very long and mineral laced.
|Score: 96/98+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020|
This shows attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate, walnuts, wet earth, mushrooms and berries with full-body, round and refined tannins and a subtle, focused finish. Excellent length, in a sophisticated way. Chewy at the end.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
The 2019 Pape Clément is a fabulous wine. Rich, exotic and sweet in its grandeur, the 2019 captivates all the senses with its dazzling beauty. The 2019 is a wine of statuesque proportions that impresses with its intensity. Dark fruit, spice, pear, tobacco and gravel all explode out of the glass. There is so much to look forward to here. What a wine. Tasted three times.
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|