2012 Le Clementin de Pape Clement
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $31.94 (reg. $39.94)
The top châteaux of Pessac-Léognan were arguably the stars of 2012, notably, Pape Clément which was “near perfection...and not far off their magnificent 2005 and 2010,” per Parker. Such glowing reviews are a double-edged sword, of course, as invariably the wine ends up at a premium price. Savvy buyers, then, should look to the estate’s second wine, Le Clémentin du Pape Clément. Available at a considerable discount to its big brother and the lowest price around through JJB!
Proprietor Bernard Magrez is something of a Bordeaux institution, known for his uncompromising focus on quality, and Pape Clément is undoubtedly the jewel in his crown. Le Clémentin may be their second wine, but it will handily compete with many grand vins given the skill of the team here (RP100pt wines in 2009, 2010) and the excellence of the terroir.
Under his vision, the estate has reached new heights, with Le Clémentin now “superior to nearly every vintage of Pape Clément in the 1970s and early 1980s,” according to Parker. The bottom line is that this has got a whole lot of Pape Clément’s charm without the higher price tag.
The 2012 Le Clémentin is drinking well now, though it can also be laid down for ten or fifteen years. Snapping this one up is a no-brainer for Bordeaux enthusiasts, and your only issue is deciding whether to drink it or cellar it. Good news, though: When it’s at this price, you can (quite literally) afford to make that call on a case-by-case basis! Cheers!