2006 Chateau Pape Clement Blanc

Year: 2006
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 91
Jeff Leve: 93
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"Shows lemon pie, with cream and meringue. Full-bodied, with a very concentrated palate and loads of fruit. Yet reserved and structured, with a long finish. Layered and creamy-textured. Built for aging. Best after 2012." (WS)

"Arguably the dry white wine of the vintage along with Laville, this is an extraordinary wine with the texture of a grand cru white Burgundy, the so-called gout de petrol that one finds in Coche-Dury Meursault-Perrieres, or one of the top Montrachets from the likes of Domaine Leflaive or Romanee-Conti. Honeyed orange, sweet melons, subtle smoke, stunning concentration, and a full-bodied mouthfeel make for an extraordinary expression of white Graves that should age beautifully for 15-20 years. The final blend from the tiny 7.5-acre parcel of this historic vineyard was 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 5% each of Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle." (WA)

"Bright yellow. Restrained but rich nose is currently showing its semillon side, with notes of soft citrus fruits and honey. Very sweet, ripe and broad; a bit lower-toned than the young 2007, with honey and earth dominating today and the fruit in the background. But this is fat, serious and long." (VM)

"Perfectly balancing all the sweet, ripe, pure, fresh, citrus, pomelo accented fruits with refreshing acidity, vanilla and a honeysuckle twist that brings more nuance to the wine. Developing nicely, drink this now or in a decade or two. 93 points - Tasted May 25, 2016" (JL)