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 Vintage2005 Label 2 of 127 
ProducerChâteau Pape Clément (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)024726210390, 3700091802596, 3760020781040

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2037 (based on 54 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pape Clement on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.9 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 84 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by gagrapes on 12/26/2015 & rated 95 points: Delicious -- suggest a 2 hour decant allowing the wine to open up. Everything I want in a bordeaux with miles to go! (1163 views)
 Tasted by gsquireh on 12/3/2015 & rated 93 points: Cassis, blue and blackberries, this black purple colored, full-bodied, with cherry nose, drank smooth, finished with balance. However, the 2004 strutted and showed best on this night. (1143 views)
 Tasted by Harry Cantrell on 11/15/2015 & rated 96 points: Black. Nose opened to show black and red fruits, hint of anise. Taste was young, tannins are not intrusive, but present. Mouthfilling young Bordeaux. All you want it to be and just a hint of what it will. Won by acclaim a 10 year tasting of 2005 Bordeaux. (1982 views)
 Tasted by aegerter on 11/8/2015 & rated 95 points: Still early days! Needs to breathe to open up. Holds even more potential! (2004 views)
 Tasted by MarcelloW on 11/6/2015 & rated 95 points: Needed four hours of decanting to really smoothen. At the very beginning of a long life. Black fruit and leather. Great stuff now, but will improve. (1940 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 8/6/2015 & rated 96 points: After a recent bottle has been too bretty I needed to try this once more. Again upon opening this was a bit animalic and oaky but after decanting for 1h it disappeared. Underneath you see a ripe, aromatic yet clearly modern expression of Pessac with the tell tale smoky and animalic scents intermixed with dark fruit and earth. Still young and dense, so I recommend another wait for 3-5 years. All the components are there. Will it rival the superb 2000? Lets see in 2020. 96+
PS: What's the deal with the loud Bernard Magrez name sticker on the bottle. This estate dates back to 1252, hence old Bernie may want to reflect on his real role here - a temporary care taker... (3341 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 7/24/2015 flawed bottle: Dark ruby, purple core. Well above the acceptable level of brett (brettanomyces) scents, i.e., horse sweat, barnyard. Other than that very good fruit/structure and acidity. Let's wait for another bottle. (3055 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 6/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Secondary aromas of smoke, tobacco, wet earth, dark red fruits and lead pencil are already showing. Full bodied, concentrated and rich, the wine is silky, lush and the oak has mostly integrated into the wine, leaving you with sweet, velvety, ripe dark red fruits on the palate. (3384 views)
 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. (4512 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 (3617 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. (4364 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 (8535 views)
 Tasted by Jeck on 5/31/2013 & rated 93 points: Too young , big potential :)) wait 5-10 years (9448 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. (10211 views)
 Tasted by Rick and Debra on 1/1/2013 & rated 94 points: Excellent. New Years Eve dinner with Debra. Prime Ribs. Went well. (10387 views)
 Tasted by Chrisinroch on 12/28/2012: No formal notes, but took 2-3 days to really unwind. (9320 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 (6462 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/22/2012 & rated 93 points: Going to be great - 95+ (5390 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. (5536 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. (5409 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. (7718 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 (7127 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. (8732 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. (8201 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 (9563 views)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2012, Issue #41, Château Pape Clément’s Fall From Grace
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View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2008, Issue #13, The 2005 Bordeaux Vintage: A Snapshot of a Few Communes
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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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