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2014 Pape Clement

By Chateau Pape Clement

2014 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

In the tapestry of Bordeaux vintages, the 2014 Pape Clement from Chateau Pape Clement resonates with a singular elegance, distinguishing itself amidst the region’s storied legacy. Journeying through decades of oenological success, I find it paramount to appreciate each year's unique narrative as transcribed upon the vine.

 

Refinement and Resolve: A Vintage Declaration

The year 2014 in Bordeaux's Pessac-Leognan was one of subtle defiance; with a tumultuous start to the growing season followed by a redemptive finale, wherein a balmy August and sunny September bequeathed gracious ripening conditions upon the fruit. This providential climatic clemency paved the way for autumnal precision in harvesting, influencing the character of the wines with a remarkable balance between meticulous structure and luxurious flavours.

 

Expression of Terroir and Time

The 2014 Pape Clement articulates this narrative with an expressive clarity. On the palate, one can discern a tapestry woven from ripe blackcurrants and plums. There is an underlay of earthy complexity, a nod to the gravelly terroir on which these vines thrive. Firm tannins assert themselves but are tempered by aging in quality oak, suggesting a promise of flourishing maturity with time.

An eloquent affair in both bouquet and mouthfeel—hints of cedarwood blend with subtler wisps of tobacco and violets—it is indeed a mélange that honours its estate's heritage whilst confidently affirming its own vintage distinction.

 

An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove: The Investment Potential

The quintessential approach to wine investment is championed by offerings such as the 2014 Pape Clement. This vintage possesses the iron-clad structure required to stand the test of time, yet enrobed in the delicate velvet of its approachable youth. Connoisseurs and investors alike would do well to consider this exemplary produce of Chateau Pape Clement; it espouses not only assured enjoyment but signifies a prudent addition to any fine wine portfolio.

In summation, my encounter with the 2014 Pape Clement has been a testament to Chateau Pape Clement's ability to innately capture and express the essence of both time and terroir. It is an affirmation that elegance need not shout; it need only exquisitely whisper.

Current market price

$910.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

39.29

Scores and tasting notes

93-94

No tasting note available.

James Suckling - Jamesuckling.com (04/2015)

93-95

No tasting note available.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate

91-94

No tasting note available.

Wine Spectator - The Wine Spectator

90

No tasting note available.

Tim Atkin - TimAtkin.com (04/2015)

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