2022 Pape Clement Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 98 JD 98 JL 98 TWI 97 WE 97 VN 96 DC 95 JA 95 WA 94
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, April 2023

(JS 97-98 points) This is a very structured 2022 with powerful tannins that run the length of the wine. Yet it’s perfumed and fresh with flowers and subtle undertones of stone. Pure. It’s full but not heavy with backbone...
JD 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2023

(96-98+ points) A full-bodied, concentrated, awesome Pessac, the 2022 Château Pape Clément offers up loads of spiced red and black fruits, some leafy tobacco, gravelly earth, and graphite aromatics, building, ripe...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2023

(96-98 points) Dark, almost opaque in color, the wine grabs your attention with its showy display of flowers, cinnamon, chocolate, spice, tobacco, blackberries, and black cherries in the perfume. On the palate, the wine...
TWI 97

The Wine Independent, May 2023

(95-97 points) The 2022 Pape Clement is composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon with a yield of 35 hl/ha. Deep garnet-purple in color, it is a little subdued to begin, soon unfurling to offer evocative notes of...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, November 2023

(WE 95-97 points) The combination of smooth texture and firm tannins is both rich and fragrant. This is a fine vintage, from an estate founded in the 13th century. It is powerful and will age well. — Roger Voss
VN 96

Vinous, May 2023

(VN 94-96 points) The 2022 Pape Clément was picked 7-27 September at 35hL/ha, aged in 60% new oak. It has quite an open and expressive bouquet at this stage, with blackcurrant and bilberry scents. A more sensual Pape...
DC 95

Decanter, April 2023

Focussed and charming, good weight and depth, the tannins come into play almost straight away coating the mouth in fine but plump, fleshy black fruit with cool blue fruit touches and high acidity giving a different...
JA 95

janeanson.com, April 2023

Deep and intense, but not the full on ink colour that I might have expected. Cocoa bean, fig, rosemary, kirsch, cigar box, black pepper, mint leaf, this ripples with the exuberance of the vintage but the tannins are firm...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

(WA 92-94 points) Revealing aromas of blueberries, cassis, spring flowers and toasty new oak, the 2022 Pape Clément is full-bodied, broad and textural, with a rich, layered core of super-ripe fruit framed by liberally...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2022
Size 750ML
Closure Cork

The 2022 Pape Clement, a Bordeaux Blend from the Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France, is a red wine that has garnered high praise from multiple reviewers. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is noted for its dark, almost opaque color and rich, complex profile.

Jeff Leve of TheWineCellarInsider.com awarded it 98 points, highlighting its "showy display of flowers, cinnamon, chocolate, spice, tobacco, blackberries, and black cherries" in the aroma. Leve describes the palate as "rich, lush, sweet, deep, and intense" with black cherries, white pepper, dark chocolate, and espresso flavors. The finish is long-lasting, delivering a "peppery, orange rind, refreshing note."

Jeb Dunnuck also from TheWineCellarInsider.com matches Leve’s score, calling it a "full-bodied, concentrated, awesome Pessac." He praises its "spiced red and black fruits, some leafy tobacco, gravelly earth, and graphite aromatics," along with "building, ripe, polished tannins" and a "stacked mid-palate."

Meanwhile, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate offers a slightly lower score of 94 points. Yohan Castaing notes the wine's "aromas of blueberries, cassis, spring flowers, and toasty new oak," describing it as "full-bodied, broad, and textural" with a "rich, layered core of super-ripe fruit." He adds that the tannins are "liberally extracted" and the finish is "lavishly oaky."

James Suckling rates it highly with 98 points, emphasizing its "powerful tannins" and "perfumed and fresh" qualities. He notes the presence of "flowers and subtle undertones of stone," and describes it as "pure" and "full but not heavy."

Jane Anson gives the wine 95 points, appreciating its "deep and intense" character without being "full on ink color." She mentions flavors of "cocoa bean, fig, rosemary, kirsch, cigar box, black pepper, and mint leaf," and notes the tannins are "firm, muscular and hold things firmly in place."

Vinous critic Neal Martin scores it 96 points, observing that it has an "open and expressive bouquet" with "blackcurrant and bilberry scents" and a "medium-bodied" palate with "fine tannins." He describes it as having "layers of black fruit laced with graphite and cedar."

Decanter also rates it 95 points, noting its "focussed and charming" nature with "good weight and depth" and a "tightly knitted but still showing glamour" quality.

Wine Enthusiast’s Roger Voss awards it 97 points, highlighting its "smooth texture and firm tannins" and describing it as both "rich and fragrant."

Lastly, The Wine Independent scores it 97 points, describing it as "deep garnet-purple in color" with notes of "baked blackberries, boysenberry preserves, and plum pudding," and a "full-bodied palate" that is "rich and impactful."

Overall, the 2022 Pape Clement is a highly regarded wine with a strong structure, rich complexity, and notable aging potential.