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1986 Pape Clement

By Chateau Pape Clement

1986 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

As a revered wine critic with a voracious passion for uncovering the essence of each vintage, I found myself deeply immersed in the enigmatic character of the 1986 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement. Bordeaux's 1986 vintage, hallmarked by its robust tannins and longevity potential, situates this offering from the historical estate in a realm of collectable wines that beckon the astute investor.


Legacy Enshrined in Each Bottle

Borne of an estate whose roots delve deep into the annals of Bordeaux history, this wine speaks to the heritage and meticulous vinification practices embodied by Chateau Pape Clement. The 1986 Pape Clement articulates not only the acumen inherited through centuries but also the singularity of a growing season that favoured the protracted ripening of grapes.


A Vintage Shaped by Time and Tenacity

The characterful attributes that come to bear witness in this 1986 vintage emerge from a balance struck between natural athleticism and a deft nurturing hand. A year noted for its dry and sunny disposition lessened disease pressure and coaxed out an intense concentration of flavor in the berries. With an expertly crafted assembly of Cabernet Sauvignon predominant blends enhanced by Merlot's plushness, this wine exudes a gravitas tempered by grace—a true exemplar hailing from this esteemed Left Bank commune.

The aged 1986 Pape Clement offers layers upon layers—forest floor, and decomposed leaf giving way to cigar box and matured cherry notes. With tannins approaching resolution yet clinging to enough vigour to grant continued aging potential—a quality that seasoned investors prize—the 1986 vintage embodies resilience matched with elegance and complexity.

In conclusion, undertaking a role as custodian for a bottle like the 1986 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement is both a privilege and a rewarding investment. Verily representing a pinnacle moment from Pessac-Leognan's rich tapestry, it punctuates cellars with both storied provenance and appreciating value—a collectible piece of viticultural history that will continue to evolve and captivate for years yet unfurled.

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Still young and vibrant, with a deep ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of black currants intermixed with earth and some vanilla, this medium-bodied wine is very graceful, stylish, and classic, with relatively high tannin, a cooler-climate flavor profile, and long, moderately tannic finish. Still youthful and vigorous, this wine should evolve effortlessly for at least another 10-15 years. Anticipated maturity: Now-2016. Last tasted, 4/02.

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