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1989 Pape Clement

By Chateau Pape Clement

1989 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The heralded 1989 vintage from Bordeaux needs little introduction to the astute collector and the 1989 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement is a true testament to this storied year. A wine of profound depth and complexity, it encapsulates not only the pedigree of its terrain but also the favourable climatic conditions that graced the region during this period.


An Iconic Vintage in Bordeaux’s History

The end of the 1980s witnessed a glorious succession of superlative vintages in Bordeaux, yet it is the 1989 that frequently commands the reverence of connoisseurs. As we revisit this storied year, one cannot help but marvel at how the warm summer days and cool nights bestowed an optimal ripening on the grapes. The vintage speaks of balance and precision, evincing characteristics that have become more pronounced with time.


Elegance Adorned with Age

In its current evolution, the 1989 Pape Clement exhibits a deeply hued garnet colour, whispering tales of maturity and grace. On the palate, it offers a kaleidoscope of dark fruits interlaced with tertiary notes of tobacco and earth—a profound expression that derives from its age-worthy structure. Engagingly complex, its sumptuous layers unfold seamlessly, integrated with refined tannins that speak eloquently to its potential longevity.

For fine wine investors searching for emblematic vintages to enhance their portfolio, the narrative of the 1989 Pape Clement is compelling. Its provenance and pedigree serve as a beacon for those who appreciate wines that truly reflect their temporal and terroir-driven identities.

Marked by an exceptional composition and an ageing trajectory that continues to astonish, it stands as a luminous example amongst the investment-worthy wines of Bordeaux—an esteemed member awaiting its revered place in any discerning collection.

As the years allow this noble libation to reach new pinnacles of expression, one can confidently assert that including the 1989 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement forms not just a cellaring highlight but a wise addition to any investment globally recognized for its distinction and appreciating value.

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Compared to the 1990 Pape-Clement, the aromatics on the 1989 are just as compelling. It is blessed with a complex bouquet of roasted chestnut and decayed leaves once again, but showing a little more fruit intensity than the 1990, with greater youthful vivacity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine balance and supple, opulent tannins: touches of cedar, sandalwood, cooked meats, dark berried fruit with a touch of spice on the earthy finish. Very good delineation and you have to admire its decadence. If you cannot afford Haut Brion '89, they this is a good alternative. Tasted July 2010.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2011


A bit tightly knit, with some noticeably high tannin, the restrained but emerging bouquet of smoke, mineral, graphite, and red currants shows a slight herbaceousness to it. In the mouth it is medium-bodied, structured, and somewhat muscular, but lacking the charm, opulence, and overall depth of its more famous sibling, the 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015. Last tasted, 4/02.

Robert Parker Jr - Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition

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