One of the most well-respected estates in all of Pessac-Léognan, Château Pape Clément has a history that is unmatched in the area. First harvested in 1252, Pape Clément is one of the oldest Grand Crus in Bordeaux. Since I took over the estate in 1981, it has always been my mission to preserve the history and notoriety of this grand château.
This Pape Clément comes from the beautifully elegant 1989 vintage that has continued to surprise us over the years every time we taste it at the château. 1989 was a year that was quite warm through the growing season which led to a spectacular vintage for our Merlot harvest. As you taste this wine, comprised of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the Merlot notes of violets and dried purple fruits continue to balance the herbaceous and mineral notes of the Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a vintage suspended in time that is drinking quite beautifully at this point in its life and that shows the traditional style and grace of Pessac-Léognan.
91 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous Media - “The fragrant, well-defined bouquet presents pressed flowers, melted asphalt, brambly red fruit and orange blossom. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin, plenty of cedar and black pepper; more pencil lead develops with aeration that might lead you to the Médoc. There is good density here, perhaps indicating a Pape-Clément that will benefit from a good decant or indeed, further cellaring. Very fine old-school Pessac-Léognan.” Tasted September 2019.