2020 Pape Clement Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
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JS 98 VN 98 JD 97 JL 97 WE 96 DC 95 JA 95 WS 95 WA 94
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, January 2023

Lots of blackberry, iodine and crushed stone here. Some black pepper and graphite, too. Full body and medium, fine tannins that have a powdery texture and open in the mouth. So much going on. Iodine and iron undertones...
VN 98

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Pape Clément is outrageously beautiful. Dark, virile and imposing, the 2020 is a rare vintage of Pape Clément that is vertical and statuesque in feel. Dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, licorice and cloves...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

(97+ points) I loved the 2020 Château Pape Clément, and this beauty is up there with the top wines in Pessac. Checking in as equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged 18 months in 90% barrels and 10% in foudre, it...
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

With a deep hue that is close to opaque, the wine exudes smoke, roasted espresso, cigar wrappers, blackberries, black cherries, licorice and chocolate. There is fabulous depth, purity, length and complexity here. The...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, June 2021

94–96. Barrel Sample. This ancient estate, an oasis in the suburbs of Bordeaux city, offers a wine that is packed with promising tannins. The important and rich black fruits reveal concentration, density and the potential...
DC 95

Decanter, January 2023

Tannic heft from the get-go, though this does have a lovely fresh, clean and precise core with a narrow, focused frame so the elements come across as quite tight and severe right now but well worked. It has class, no...
JA 95

janeanson.com, January 2023

Muscular tannins that have grip and staying power, exuberant while staying on the right side of the line, giving punch and definition without drowning the fruit. Cassis, liqourice, slate, crayon, crushed rocks, very much...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, November 2022

This is snazzed up with flashy toast, but there's ample mulberry, cassis and plum compote fruit to soak it up, while notes of licorice and sweet spice fill in the background. A late tug of warm earth keeps this grounded...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

(94+ points) Aromas of rich cherries, cassis, burning embers, violets and dark chocolate introduce the 2020 Pape Clément, a medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy wine that's ripe, layered and generously extracted but...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2020
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Pape Clement is a Bordeaux Blend red wine produced in the esteemed Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This wine exudes elegance and complexity, showcasing the exceptional quality of the region.

In the glass, the Pape Clement displays a deep, almost opaque hue, hinting at the concentration and intensity that awaits. On the nose, aromas of blackberry, cassis, and crushed stone immediately captivate the senses. Undertones of black pepper, graphite, and raw mushroom add further layers of intrigue. This wine truly has it all.

On the palate, the Pape Clement reveals a full body and medium, fine tannins that possess a powdery texture. The tannins open up in the mouth, allowing the wine to unfold with grace and sophistication. Flavors of iodine, iron, and raw mushroom mingle with the blackberry notes, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on the tongue. This wine is muscular and complex, showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship of the producer.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded the 2020 Pape Clement an impressive score of 98 points, noting its abundance of blackberry, iodine, and crushed stone flavors. He suggests that this wine is best enjoyed after 2027, indicating its potential for further development and refinement in the cellar.

Other critics, such as Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and Jeb Dunnuck, also heaped praise upon this wine. With scores of 94 and 97 points respectively, they praised its rich and fleshy profile, concentrated fruit, and elegant style. The wine's potential for aging and its ability to evolve in the bottle were also highlighted.

The 2020 Pape Clement is a wine of exceptional quality and finesse. With its precise bouquet, pure black fruit flavors, and seamless texture, it promises to age beautifully over the years. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is a true gem from Bordeaux.