2010 Chateau Pape Clement Rouge (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93-96
Wine Advocate: 93-95+
Vinous Media: 94-97
Jeff Leve: 94-97
James Suckling: 96-97
Red Wine


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"A flashy, modern style, with lots of dark fig, anise and graphite notes, pushed by more black currant sauce and tar. Ample toast runs through the finish, but this has plenty of raw material." (WS)

"Bernard Magrez’s flagship estate continues to produce consistently beautiful wines and that includes his sensational 2010. The fruit was harvested between September 24 and October 20, and the result is an opaque purple-colored blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that achieved 13.5% alcohol naturally. Subtle notions of smoke, graphite, oak, black cherries and blackberries jump from the glass of this impressively perfumed claret. Medium to full-bodied, strikingly elegant and less thick and intense than a structured vintage such as 2005, the 2010 possesses remarkably sweet tannin (sweeter than the 2005) as well as a full-bodied, long finish. It should be drinkable at an early age and keep for 20-25 years. " (WA)

"(62% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot and 1% cabernet franc; 14.4% alcohol) Deep ruby-purple. Perfumed aromas of strawberry, spicy plum and black cherry. Enters fresh, dense and juicy, with lovely balance to the sweet, syrupy black fruit flavors and lively acidity that extend the rich aftertaste. The long, clean finish features lingering notes of violet and blackcurrant and extremely polished tannins. A great wine and one of the stars of the vintage in 2010: I can't recall a better Pape Clement at a similar stage of development. I've taken issue with this wine in the past for overextraction, but this struck me as by far the most balanced Pape-Clement I've ever tasted. Michel Rolland consults here." (IWC)

"Pape Clement – Black in color, smoke, truffle, burning wood, jammy blackberry, earth and hot stone aromas are found with ease. This concentrated, powerful wine is filled with sweet, ripe, boysenberry, cassis and licorice. Polished, supple and opulent in texture, the Bordeaux wine ends with a long pure fresh, blackberry liqueur sensation. Some tasters will appreciate that this is toned down from the full throttle 2005." (JL)

"Very chewy, with wonderful blueberry and mineral character. Hints of mint too. Full and super classy. Love the texture of the tannins. Hyper-refined in texture.$$" (JS)