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I am not sure what the exact blend is for the 2012 Pape Clément, but it has a light gold color and is a gorgeously full-bodied, multi-dimensional wine with great texture in its notes of rose petal, honeysuckle, crystallized/caramelized tropical fruits, mandarin orange and honeyed lemon. Aged 15 months in mostly new French oak, this is another brilliant achievement for proprietor Bernard Magrez from this tiny white wine vineyard, although I would rate it slightly below his perfect 2009. Anticipated maturity: now-2030
The 2012 Pape Clement, a profound blend of 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 44% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris and the rest Muscadelle, is once again a fabulous effort. Gorgeous notes of honeysuckle, pineapple, orange blossoms and mangoes soar from the glass of this full-bodied, unctuously textured, zesty, well-delineated white Pessac-Leognan from a suburb of Bordeaux. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The 2012 white is a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc 30% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Gris cropped at 23-hl/ha between 9th September and 4th October. It has a finely tuned bouquet with expressive Semillon defined the aromatics - melted candle wax and just a hint of ginger. The palate is quite spicy and phenolic on the entry with a suggestion towards the Southern Rhone, with an Oriental, almost Viognier like finish that is very appealing. This will be fascinating in bottle. Tasted April 2013.
A rich, flamboyant wine, the 2012 Pape Clément Blanc has a lot to offer. Orange blossoms, ginger, mint, lychee, spices and layers of tropical-infused fruit are super-expressive in the glass. The Blanc is voluptuous, creamy and inviting. Not much is left to the imagination. Drink this unctuous, racy white over the next decade or so. Drink 2016-2024.
Rich, broad nose. Actually, almost fat. A hint of sweetness and popcorn and just a little bit too broad? Hint of cappuccino. The acidity seems a bit low. I think I might even guess California blind… But it certainly creates an impression. Alcohol on the finish.
The rare dry white wine of Chateau Pape Clement is made from just 3 hectares of vines. This has impressive viscosity with an oily texture and super-exotic tropical fruit. There are notes of pineapple, coconut and lychee.
The nose is full fat and fleshy and the palate sumptuous. The mid palate is quite crisp with lots of citrus freshness then towards the back the ripeness of the fruit comes through enriching the finish. 2014-18.