Pape Clement 2002
Tasting Notes Pape Clement 2002
An undeniable success as well as a candidate for the Graves of the vintage in 2002, the 2002 Pape Clement boasts a deep ruby/purple color in addition to notes of smoke, hot bricks, scorched earth, red and black currants, and some high-class cigar tobacco. It is medium to full-bodied with a rich, textured mouthfeel, wonderful sweetness, ripeness of tannin, and a long finish with hints of plums, licorice, and subtle barrique. It should drink well for 15-18 years. No property in Bordeaux is pushing the envelope of quality as hard and as enthusiastically as proprietor Bernard Magrez's Chateau Pape Clement. This is a fabulous terroir in the suburbs of Bordeaux, several miles from the area's two legends - Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion.
The Pape-Clement '02 has a very bright, floral, exuberant bouquet that soars from the glass...far more feminine than the '01 with black cherries, raspberry, dried leaves, black olive and a touch of liquorice. The palate has a very smooth entry, very well balanced, lithe and for Pape-Clement, supple and generous. Very harmonious, touch of bitter cherry, cedar, tobacco and roasted herbs on the finish. This is a very commendable wine for the vintage. Drink now-2020. Tasted July 2010.