2021 Pape Clement Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JS 95 DC 94 JL 94 WA 94 VN 94 JA 93 JD 93
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, December 2023

This is really polished and beautiful with very fine tannins that caress your palate. Medium body. Refined. Currant, chocolate, hazelnut and black walnut. Some mushroom. Very complex and subtle. Drinkable now but better...
DC 94

Decanter, April 2022

Concentrated and intense nose with subtle violet and perfume flecks. Quite chewy and grippy on the palate, this has more of a chunky frame than many others with mouthwatering acidity, plush tannins and a good dose of...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2024

Chocolate, espresso, smoke, black cherries, blackberries and flowers create the attention-seeking perfume. On the palate, the wine round, supple and deep with layers of creamy, dark chocolate-tinted plums, cherries...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2022

(WA 91-94 points) The 2021 Pape Clément exhibits notions of sweet berries and cherries mingled with rich aromas of espresso roast, black truffles, toasty new oak and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, deep and quite...
VN 94

Vinous, February 2024

The 2021 Pape Clément is a very elegant, polished wine. Crushed flowers, red cherry fruit, blood orange, menthol and spice all grace this wonderfully layered, expressive vintage of Pape Clément. Pretty floral top notes...
JA 93

janeanson.com, December 2023

Enjoyable in bottle, restrained and elegant with finesse and balance, impressive blackberry, loganberry, liqourice, cocoa bean, crayon and pencil lead, savoury and juicy. Pushing the extraction a little but it works...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, April 2024

The 2021 Château Pape Clément checks in as a blend of 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, and splashes of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc that was brought up in barrels and tuns. Its deeper ruby/plum hue is followed by a...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
Closure Cork

The 2021 Pape Clement is a notable Bordeaux blend from the esteemed Pape Clement estate in the Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine, sealed with a traditional cork, has garnered high praise from multiple reviewers, achieving scores predominantly in the mid-90s range.

James Suckling awarded the wine a 95, lauding its refined and complex character. He describes it as "polished and beautiful with very fine tannins that caress your palate," noting flavors of currant, chocolate, hazelnut, and black walnut, with hints of mushroom. Suckling suggests that while it is drinkable now, it will improve with a few more years of aging.

William Kelley from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave it a score of 91-94, highlighting its rich aromas of "sweet berries and cherries mingled with espresso roast, black truffles, toasty new oak and loamy soil." Kelley found the wine to be medium to full-bodied, deep, and quite extracted, improving in integration and harmony over time.

Jane Anson, who rated it 93, emphasized its restrained elegance and balance. She detailed the flavors of blackberry, loganberry, liquorice, cocoa bean, crayon, and pencil lead, appreciating its "savoury and juicy" character. Anson noted that while it can age, its suppleness means it doesn't require a long wait.

Jeff Leve scored it 94, appreciating its aromatic complexity of chocolate, espresso, smoke, black cherries, blackberries, and flowers. Leve described the palate as "round, supple and deep with layers of creamy, dark chocolate-tinted plums, cherries, licorice, smoke, and espresso," noting its concentration and reserved style, influenced by the vintage and stylistic choices.

Jeb Dunnuck, also scoring it 93, praised the wine's "beautifully layered, round, medium-bodied" profile with ripe black cherry and currant-driven fruit, and notes of scorched earth and tobacco. Dunnuck highlighted its ripe yet integrated tannins, predicting it will shine for 15 years.

Antonio Galloni from Vinous awarded it 94, calling it a "very elegant, polished wine" with flavors of crushed flowers, red cherry fruit, blood orange, menthol, and spice. Galloni appreciated the floral top notes that add freshness and vivacity, admiring the more laid-back house style.

Finally, Decanter's review, also scoring it 94, described it as having a "concentrated and intense nose with subtle violet and perfume flecks." The palate was noted for its "chewy and grippy" texture, with mouthwatering acidity, plush tannins, and a complex array of flavors including strawberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, eucalyptus, and liquorice, along with minerality and notes of cedar, clove, dark chocolate, and slate.

Overall, the 2021 Pape Clement is a complex, well-structured wine with a range of flavors and a promising aging potential, making it a standout in the 2021 vintage.