2018 Pape Clement Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JD 99 JS 97 JA 97 JL 97 WA 96 WE 96 WS 96 DC 95 TWI 95
JD 99

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

Coming from 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak, the 2018 Château Pape Clement from Bernard Magrez is a gorgeous wine that's performing even better from bottle...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, January 2021

Aromas of wild blackberries, blueberries, dried lavender, cloves and eucalyptus with gravel and cocoa butter. It’s full-bodied with firm, powdery tannins. Polished and creamy with a core of ripe fruit that evolves to...
JA 97

janeanson.com, November 2021

A step-up in deft, nuanced flavours with a floral character coming through more clearly than in the older vintages (perhaps because higher Cabernet Sauvignon, giving touches of raspberry leaf and rosebud). Tannins are...
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

Deep in color, the wine is filled with smoke, licorice, tobacco, dark red fruits and cedar. Rich, full and with depth of flavor, the lush, round, ripe, sweet fruits hit the right notes you're looking for. Give it a decade...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

(96+ points) The 2018 Pape Clement is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, aged for approximately 18 months in oak barriques, 60% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it rolls out of...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

An oasis of green, this grand estate within the Bordeaux suburbs has produced a powerful, massively textured wine. It also has the fruit richness to partner the structure along with a fresher streak of acidity. The wine...
WS 96

Wine Spectator, January 2021

A warm mocha note drapes elegantly over a prodigious core of steeped red and black currant and blackberry fruit while waves of black tea, anise, fruitcake and applewood fill in on the finish. Structure is serious and...
DC 95

Decanter, April 2019

I love watching how Pape Clement is evolving with every vintage. There's still a bit of Venice Beach in its muscles but it has let some juice in between the firm tannins and it's all the better for it. There are ripples...
TWI 95

The Wine Independent, February 2023

The 2018 Pape Clement is deep garnet purple in color. It opens with pronounced notes of black olives and black truffles, with a core of prunes, blueberry pie, and camphor. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.28%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Pape Clement is a Bordeaux Blend from the renowned Pessac Leognan region in Bordeaux, France. With its deep garnet-purple color, this wine is a true gem that captivates the senses from the moment it is poured into the glass. The label itself is elegant and understated, reflecting the sophistication and complexity of the wine within.

On the nose, the 2018 Pape Clement reveals a symphony of aromas. Wild blackberries and blueberries take center stage, accompanied by hints of dried lavender, cloves, and eucalyptus. As the wine opens up, notes of gravel and cocoa butter emerge, adding depth and intrigue to the bouquet.

Upon tasting, this full-bodied red wine delights the palate with its firm, powdery tannins. It is remarkably polished and creamy, showcasing a core of ripe fruit that evolves into a harmonious medley of herbs, spices, and chocolate. The concentration of flavors is truly outstanding, demonstrating the meticulous craftsmanship of the winemaking process.

The critics have unanimously praised the 2018 Pape Clement, bestowing it with high scores and glowing reviews. James Suckling awarded it an impressive 97 points, describing it as having "fantastic concentration and seamless integration." Wine Enthusiast also recognized its power and richness, predicting that it will age gracefully until 2026.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate hailed the wine as a masterpiece, awarding it 96+ points. Lisa Perrotti-Brown praised its vibrant notes of crushed black cherries, stewed black plums, and black raspberries, as well as its solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins. She suggests that it will require another 5 years of aging to reach its full potential.

The 2018 Pape Clement has been described as a wine of great depth and complexity, with a long and mineral-tinged finish. Decanter praised its evolution and confidence, noting its serious aging ability. Jeb Dunnuck compared it to the regalness of a Médoc wine, while Vinous found it bold and ambitious.

Overall, the 2018 Pape Clement is a wine that embodies the essence of Bordeaux. It is a wine that demands attention and appreciation, showcasing the unique terroir of Pessac Leognan and the skill of the winemaker. This wine will undoubtedly continue to evolve and delight for many years to come, making it a true treasure for wine enthusiasts and collectors alike.