Ch. Pape Clément (0.75 L)
WA: Although the 2009 Pape Cl¿ªment may not be as sublime as the 2005 or 2000, but it is very close to those two efforts, and it will be fascinating to compare them (as well as the 2008 and 2010) over the following three decades. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc with a modest 13.5% alcohol, the 2009 reveals considerable structure and tannin along with tell-tale notes of burning embers, scorched earth, graphite, blueberries, blackberries and toasty vanillin, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. This rich, full offering is surprisingly backward. This Cuv¿ªe should drink well in 5-6 years as one rarely has to wait a decade or more to enjoy Pape Cl¿ªment. It should age for three decades or more. This 13th century vineyard situated in the suburbs of Pessac is owned by one of Bordeauxí»s most interesting visionaries, Bernard Magrez. He has done a remarkable job in turning around this once moribund property that made a bevy of undrinkable wines into one of the superstars of Bordeaux.
WA / RP: 97