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 Vintage2005 Label 2 of 50 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Pape Clément (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionGraves
AppellationPessac-Léognan
UPC Code(s)3700091802596, 3760020781040

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2038 (based on 44 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pape Clement on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.7 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 71 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Eric Guido on 3/30/2015 & rated 96 points: 2005 Bordeaux Retrospective (Morrell Wine, 1 Rockefeller Plaza): The nose showed dark, intense fruit with savory herbs, spice, savory brown sauce, sweet balsamic tones and spicy floral notes. On the palate, it was supple and smooth with noticeable weight to its dark spiced fruit, plum, espresso, stone and minerals; turning more savory-spice over time. The intensity continued into the finish with dark fruits and balsamic tones lingering long. (1848 views)
 Tasted by jww on 3/22/2015 & rated 91 points: Nice nose full and fruity skittle hit like a CA Cabernet.
Taste like a Bordeaux complicated dark fruits leather, tobacco
Drinking well now will age for a while (1567 views)
 Tasted by Longpourplease on 11/21/2014 & rated 95 points: Drank as part of annual "Lost Friday" 13 course lunch. Served in flight with two Haut Brion - '64 and '86. IMO the '64 was over the hill and one dimensional, the '86 was great, but the Pape Clement was the best of the three, and will be great for another 10 years. Great black fruit and great balance. Want more!!
Paired with Northstar Bison tenderloin. Yum. (3172 views)
 Tasted by jww on 11/24/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank the last glass the day after it was opened excellent wine full flavored deep structured what I would expect from the wine (7473 views)
 Tasted by Jeck on 5/31/2013 & rated 93 points: Too young , big potential :)) wait 5-10 years (8617 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 3/22/2013 & rated 93 points: Dinner at Two Chefs - "Papal" Wines (Two Chefs Eating Place, Sin Ming Ave): Very impressive. This was still a baby, and not very enjoyable when first popped and poured. But as the night went on, it slowly unfurled to show a glimpse of just how good a wine it is. The nose was really ripe, sweet and glycerol-infused straight out from the bottle. Given a bit of air though, it calmed down to show attractive, but rather primary aromas of ripe cassis and blackberries patted down with a bit of damp earth and tobacco. There was some residue of the sweet oak aromas I remembered from the wine's early days after release, but these have (thankfully) toned down significantly. It was on the palate that the wine really showed it chops though. It took about half-an-hour in the glass to open up, but when it did, it came across as a very complete package - round, plush and seductive, with a lush depth to it, yet also beautifully balanced and integrated, with fine tannins giving it a great sense of structure right from the attack and all the way into an effortlessly long finish. There was a lovely purity to its cassis and blackberry flavours as well, in spite of a clear ripeness to the fruit. Quite a brilliant effort really. This was way too young of course, but I was glad that it more or less confirmed the good impression that I got upon release. It should be fantastic in a decade or so. (9566 views)
 Tasted by Rick and Debra on 1/1/2013 & rated 94 points: Excellent. New Years Eve dinner with Debra. Prime Ribs. Went well. (9827 views)
 Tasted by Chrisinroch on 12/28/2012: No formal notes, but took 2-3 days to really unwind. (8761 views)
 Tasted by Soundcaresser on 12/24/2012 & rated 95 points: Boom. Merlot for the win. Lead (no. 2 pencil), oak, dark fruit, tobacco. Let it breath, and let it rip!

#awesome (5910 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/22/2012 & rated 93 points: Going to be great - 95+ (4849 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/7/2012 & rated 95 points: Not tasted blind, ok, but not really remembering my previous notes either, this wine struck again as being very smooth and luxurious. Luxurious oak, smoke, tobacco, good cassis and other dark forest fruits, graphite, good acidity, ripe tannin and a pleasant touch of sweetness. Everything is there. Great wine! A beauty now and probably for many years to come. (4979 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 11/25/2012 & rated 93 points: Annual Grand Cru Tasting (Wijnhandel De Gouden Leeuw, Voorschoten, NL): I can't help liking it. Rich and concentrated, Rolland and Magrez but also with a lovely expression of terroir. (4808 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 5/7/2012 & rated 96 points: Still deep in color, this blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon provides complex aromas of smoke, truffle, licorice, black and blue fruit, earth, tobacco leaf, espresso bean and forest smells. Massive and intense, the wine flows over your palate with the weight of motor oil. As rich as it is, the fruit is incredibly polished, pure, refined and in balance. I’d hold off on popping a bottle until 2015-2020. (7163 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 5/6/2012 & rated 93 points: 2012 - Wines for my ROM (Au Jardin @ Botanic Garden): Color - Opaque purplish
Nose - Super intense and powerful, tons of ripe dark fruits, earth, smoke, tobacco and violet. Sweet yet has remarkable freshness to prevent this OTT.
Palate - The palate also reflects the richness and power of the nose. Full bodied, mouth coating intensity with formidable structure, loaded with tons of sweet dark fruits and ripe tannin all wrapped in an absolutely refine package with great length. This is stunning effort and no problem to continue to evolve for another 10-15yrs.
93-95 (6569 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 2/26/2012 & rated 95 points: 15+ years 95+ RP Bordeaux dinner at Ruth’s Chris, Tysons (Ruth’s Chris, Tysons Corner, VA): Although very young, impressive showing of fresh blueberries, blackberry jam, licorice, violet, ash and earth. The oak component has been nicely integrated and there is definitely noticeable grave note expressed in ash and earth. The palate displays excellent concentration, silky texture and nice integrated tannins. As expected, big and youthful. Some may love to hate this wine but this wine is very promising. It will require a couple hours of decanting but is open for business with the ample jammy primary fruits. (8156 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/31/2012 & rated 94 points: This wine doesn't seem to really close down. This time it was delicious again with luxurious oak, tobacco and black forest fruits in the classical bouquet. On the palate the same experience, with soft but firm tannin and also a touch of sweetness. It is probably the latter which makes the wine so drinkable and enjoyable already. Delicious wine already and probably for at least another decade. (7701 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 11/16/2011 & rated 88 points: Three Decades of Pape Clement (La Folie Restaurant in San Francisco): Very dense purple color. Excellent dark berries nose. This is still very young, so I'm having difficulties with the current palate, but it seems to have what's needed for an outstanding wine down the road. ~88 points now, 90-95 in 20 years.
55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon (9078 views)
 Tasted by PinkMoonWinery on 10/31/2011 & rated 94 points: Carl Studer tasting: Napa against Bordeaux (Hotel Metropole, Zurich): This is beautiful, leather, lots of oak, autumn notes, candied fruits, very long and great! (9657 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 6/25/2011: CT Wisconsin Offline; 6/24/2011-6/25/2011 (Madison, WI): Confected, alcoholic, not my style. Not scored. (10644 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 6/25/2011: CellarTracker Wisconsin Offline I - Part Three - Grand Finale (Madison, WI): WIMLNR

Tasted non blind at a wine dinner.

Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of chocolate, tobacco, berries, plums and cherries. Flavors of berries, cherries and plums. Bright acidity, firm tannins, bull bodied. Hold. Bit new worldlier, definitely young so holding a rating at the moment. (10850 views)
 Tasted by IWineAlot on 6/25/2011 & rated 93 points: CT Wisconsin Offline (Madison, WI): Nose of mixed berries, graphite, oak influences of cedar. Dry big tannins, sour cherry, very young and harsh at this point needs time to mellow. (10552 views)
 Tasted by floydtp on 6/25/2011: CellarTracker Wisconsin June 2011; 6/24/2011-6/25/2011 (Madison, WI- various venues): Tasted non blind at a large wine dinner. So hopefully no one will flame me in the Tasting Notes to Note forum for this but this note will apply to the Cos 2005, Pape Clement 2005 and Las Cases 2005 all tasted together. I tasted all three in quick succession initially and each stood out in different ways. The Cos had a lot of briar patch, the Las Cases had some nice cedar and cigar box and the Pape Clement basically tasted just like the Las Cases (at around half the price). All were tannic as all ever, as expected. Then I retasted in 10 minutes, these bottles had been double decanted and open for 7 hours or so by this point so what difference would 10 minutes in a glass make, well they were now totally different. The Las Cases now had more briar patch than the Cos, the fruit in the Pape Clement was taking on a sour element and the Cos was becoming more tannic by the second. Same thing after another 15 minutes or so, they were all three completely different. I even got into an argument (and lost) with jar1 at one point over which one was which (he was doing the same thing as I) as they had changed so much. In summary these all should evolve to be stellar wines but are evil temptresses for now. Unless you buy by the truckload, don't let anyone talk you into opening these for another 5-10 years at least. (And thank you, Jose, for treating us). Rating is 90-100 for each of them (except for the Las Cases, which I officially rate 91-100). (10471 views)
 Tasted by kelpcowboy on 3/30/2011 & rated 94 points: Tasted blind. Nice barnyard note in the nose along with dark fruit. Deep red color. Dark red fruit, cedar, barnyard, mineral on the palate. Good balance of fruit, soft tannins and bright acids. Medium finish (10515 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/4/2011 & rated 95 points: Without any doubt the WOTN! Combines luxury and complexity, power and elegance in a beautiful way. In case the wine doesn’t close down it will offer great drinking from now until well in the 2020’s. (11478 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 12/12/2010 & rated 92 points: A very rich wine, big and with lots of toasty oak. Polished, modern, very Magrez, wears a lot of make up and you really wonder whether that is necessary. I get the feeling it hides the inner beauty of this wine and the nobility of its terroir rather than adding to it. It's good though - at a price. (7648 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2012, Issue #41, Château Pape Clément’s Fall From Grace
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/18/2009)
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/15/2008)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2008, Issue #13, The 2005 Bordeaux Vintage: A Snapshot of a Few Communes
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/6/2007)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
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Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/14/2006)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2009
(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) A nose dominated by oak here, fine and well polished, although there is an impressive layer of fruit hiding behind it as well. Aromatic, fresh and rich, with notes of loganberry and dark cherry. A brilliant palate, pure with seamless fruit. There is a huge envelope of oak around it at present but this merely needs time. Very grippy finish, the tannins showing here, but it has balancing fruit for the structure throughout the palate. This will need a long rest in the cellar. Although massive, still very lifted and bright. Wonderful.  18.5+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/18/2008)
(Château Pape Clément) Rich dark red violet color; lovely big cassis and blackberry nose; tasty cassis, with sweet tannins, minerality and good acidity; medium finish (55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon)  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2007
(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) The nose here is dense and a little reticent, but what character it shows today is dark, dense, meaty and concentrated. Simply lovely style on the palate, pure and seamless yet obviously heavily stuffed. Nevertheless it does have a textured, plush, mouth-filling and perhaps rather soft style which covers the tannins nicely. Broad but well directed. Good grip underneath it all. This has a very impressive style which has great potential.  18.5+ points
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, Super Tasting Results Show., Episode #106 (10/12/2006)
(CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT) #3; COLOR-as dark as any wine EVER on WLTV; NOSE-black cherry, cassis, musty, bat cave; TASTE-classic bordeaux, amazing complexity & richness, big wine, black pepper, white truffle, obvious cherry cola, long finish, charred oak; RP-96/100; GV-94  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2006
(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) CS 45%, M 55%. A really dense colour here, outclassing just about every other wine here. A lovely, lifted, red fruit nose. Simply divine style here, with notes of white flower petals too. This presents a caressing, rounded texture on the palate, but with an elegant style. Rather a masculine feel to the tannins, which are ripe but very firm and solid. This is very well structured, not over-extracted, complex and very fine. Lovely finish. This has just bags of potential.  18-19 points
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Château Pape Clément

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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

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Bordeaux

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History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Graves

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