Pape Clement 2001
Tasting Notes Pape Clement 2001
A brilliant dense purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary perfume of camphor, graphite, plums, cassis, and barbecue spices. A prodigious, multilayered, medium-bodied effort with exceptional concentration, a fabulous texture, and a 50-second finish, this brilliant achievement is one of the vintage's monumental wines. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+. P.S. Yields were a mere 28 hectoliters per hectare, which no doubt explains the wine's stunning concentration. One of the superstars of the vintage, Pape Clement's 2001 provides further evidence that this property, ambitiously managed with great dynamism by visionary Bernard Magrez, is pushing quality to the maximum and is obviously attempting to go head to head with its most famous rivals, Haut-Brion and La Mission-Haut-Brion (both located a few miles from Pape Clement).
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index's 10-Year On horizontal. This has a lovely bouquet that is so pure and vibrant: blackcurrant, cigar box and a touch of smoke all with great delineation and panache. The palate is medium-bodied with a slight softness on the entry, but then it really pulls together with a crisp, slightly leafy finish that is full of vigour and poise. This is a beautifully crafted Claret. Tasted March 2011.