2010 Chateau Pape Clement Clementin de Pape Clement

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90-93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 87-90
Jeff Leve: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"A dark, winery style, with macerated black currant and fig notes and a tongue-coating note of tar and espresso. Stays fresh, despite its weight, with a long, black fruit-filled finish. Score range: 90-93 –JM " (WS)

"As for the second wine, which was harvested between September 29 and October 20 (much like the grand vin), the 2010 Le Clementin du Pape Clement is probably the best second wine I have ever tasted from Pape Clement. It certainly shouldn’t be thought of as a lesser selection, considering its high quality. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of smoked herbs, blue and black fruits, creosote and camphor, the wine is better than most Pape Clements in the 1970s and 1980s. Yields were 33 hectoliters per hectare, which is virtually nothing given the fact that this is a second wine, not a grand vin. There are 70,000 bottles of this wine produced versus 96,000 bottles of Chateau Pape Clement. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Kudos to proprietor Bernard Magrez, who has built an empire based on high quality more than any other characteristic." (WA)

"(a 55/45 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Bright ruby. Very pure aromas of cassis, violet and smoke. Vibrant and fresh, with sweet flavors of black cherry, minerals and herbs. This has real pulp for a second wine and is one of the best Clementins I recall tasting at this early stage of development. Very well done; the long, smooth, smoky tobacco leaf finish just screams out Graves" (VM)

"Forward, open, medium bodied and easy to drink, with its soft, cherry, tobacco, earthy, espresso filled core. 89 points - Tasted Nov 18, 2016" (JL)