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2013 Pape Clement

By Chateau Pape Clement

2013 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

In the realm of prestigious Bordeaux wine, the 2013 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement garners particular attention amidst the tricky climatic challenges of the vintner's year. Nestled in the illustrious terroirs of Pessac-Leognan, this release encapsulates a masterclass in winemaking adeptness, given a season that demanded unwavering precision and care.


A Study in Resilience: The 2013 Vintage Singularity

It is no secret amongst oenophiles that the year 2013 tested the mettle of Bordeaux's vignerons. Yet, it is precisely within such demanding vintages that Chateau Pape Clement's devotion to viticultural excellence shines brightest. The wine demonstrates a rare resilience, showcasing how optimal vineyard management can coax forth a vintage not just of survival but of elegance and grace under pressure.


A Profile of Subtlety and Structure

Upon decanting, the 2013 Pape Clement offers a bouquet rife with complexities—a tapestry where dark berries interlace with subtle earthy undertones and nuanced hints of spice. On the palate, it unfurls with disciplined tannins that framework a mature fruit presence balanced by an exquisite mineral streak. The wine, refined and measured, exhibits poise and depth indicating favourable ageing potential—a critical factor for fine wine investors seeking longevity and evolution in their cellars.

While some might err on the side of more effusive years, I assert that there is an understated charm captured amid the wines wrought from more arduous seasons. The 2013 Pape Clement is one such treasure—a testament to fortitude married with craftsmanship in winemaking.


A Connoisseur's Compendium: Investing in 2013 Pape Clement

I recommend this vintage to those with a penchant for Bordeaux wines that tell a story. For investors, it represents an opportunity to hold a year that has surmounted adversity—an intriguing proposition when diversifying one’s portfolio. In essence, the 2013 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement stands as one of those articulate expressions of terroir and time that offer depth beyond their initial appraisal.

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A strong effort, the 2013 Pape Clement boasts a dark ruby/plum color along with notes of black currants, mulberries, cherries, graphite, and a hint of white chocolate, medium body, more substance, depth and texture than most of its peers, soft, round tannins, and a straightforward finish. Made from a final blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this wine achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. It can be consumed over the next 10-15 years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #214 Aug 2014

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