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 Vintage1970 Label 1 of 64 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Pape Clément (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionGraves
AppellationPessac-Léognan

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1999 and 2011 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pape Clement on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 21 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by hal0 on 12/13/2014 & rated 88 points: Light rust color. Over the hill, out of balance, hot finish. (723 views)
 Tasted by Mad Dog Mikey on 7/10/2014 & rated 93 points: Surprisingly youthful in color and taste - had it blind and would never had guessed what it was. Had it on its own ..very robust, would probably have had enjoyed it more with food. Many thanks to Pontet Pete for this surprise! (1470 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 6/8/2014 & rated 89 points: Consistent with the last bottle, although this was slightly deeper. (1554 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/3/2014 & rated 88 points: Restaurant purchase. The somm told us that she has seen some bottle variation and this was one of the better ones.

Starts off with a rich nose of manure, cedar, dry cigar tobacco and dried berries. Very nice to smell. The palate is a mix of the same secondary/tertiary notes but accompanied by a nice core of red cherry fruit and anise. The anise began to present in the nose as the wine evolved. Lacks oomph on the midpalate and finish.

This was fun to drink and is not over the hill. More air time may have helped as the wine did continue to improve for the hour or so we had it open. Not a life-changing mature bordeaux experience but considering the price paid for a well-stored 40+ year old bottle, I'm happy. (1563 views)
 Tasted by Anders Danielsen Lie on 11/28/2013 & rated 89 points: morken kork; diskret åpen nese med tørket frukt, kaffe, tobakk, lær og edelt tre. Jordlig og mineralsk. Åpner opp betydelig i glasset. Preg av våt bark som gjør at man kunne tatt dette for en moden brunello. Middels fyldig med flott syre og fortsatt ganske markante tanniner. Holdt seg godt, men på vei nedover. Delikat bordeaux som krever oppmerksomhet. Kjøpt på Chambers st i New York. (1656 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 10/29/2013 & rated 88 points: Very nice, but on its way down. Carmel, red fruit, old wood and leather. A bit short and choppy on the finish. Interesting. (1937 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/19/2012 & rated 92 points: Excellent, last bottle... (3271 views)
 Tasted by aquaman on 1/29/2012 & rated 93 points: P n pour.. Taste from glass.. Smells good when first pour.. Swore in glass but fading on the nose.taste is light n no heat n tannise. About 30-40 window. Then the tannise start to creep in.. I let it stand for one week to settle down and did not decante but in open bottle only. (3137 views)
 Tasted by ylkim30 on 10/1/2011: Really good. The nose is subtle upon opening and is initially a little too screechy and volatile upon opening. But, after slow-oxing for three hours, everything integrates. The nose blossoms and becomes fragrant with dark fruit and a little leather. The wine itself is vinous, with pronounced minerality and earthiness. The tannins have almost completely resolved, leaving a little bitterness on the finish. It also has classic weightlessness in the mouth while also being intensely flavorful. (3388 views)
 Tasted by pc.jams on 10/9/2010: Delightful. A true pleasure to drink. Bright fruits. A hint of tannin. Continually opening up in the decanter. Absolutely no reason to pass on a bottle if you find it in good condition. Classic, balanced, beautiful. This particular bottle was anything but drying out. Lucious and succulent fruit filled the palate from front to end. (3512 views)
 Tasted by vinojuve on 9/26/2010 & rated 90 points: dégusté à l'occasion d'une horizontale de bordeaux 1970. Belle surprise, très belle complexité d'arômes au nez. Belle attaque en bouche, ensuite tannin un peu secs, durs. (3137 views)
 Tasted by gasman on 2/20/2010 & rated 90 points: Bricking at the rim. Good ruby color. All cedar and tobacco. Not much fruit. A pleasant bottle. (2376 views)
 Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 8/11/2009 & rated 92 points: Poured next to the '70 Haut-Brion which I thought would be an interesting comparison as there are a few vintages where Pape Clément would come out on top. Not so here, but this is still a beautiful Pape Clément. It starts off with the same rusty and smoky scent as the Haut-Brion but as they diverge this one gets more dominantly stony and minerally. The first sip is an instant reminder of what I love about old, finally mature Bordeaux. It's so tender on the entry it's practically buttery in its smoothness but it develops a coarser grittiness as you toss it around the mouth. Anywhere except next to the Haut-Brion this would strike you as an almost ideal claret, but HB has a way of outclassing things. (2873 views)
 Tasted by momoisan on 1/15/2009 & rated 91 points: very early signs of oxydisation, soft palate, no length (2579 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 11/16/2007 & rated 88 points: Vintage Bordeaux: intriguing notes of orange with cloves stuck into it, soft floral scents, and a musky, almost sweaty character. This is the first one that gave off the real musky, funky aromas of that age can bring to a wine; clearly, the wine has seen better days. The mouth was very soft, and had very low tannins, and the acidity was lacking, making it a bit flabby and tired. (1227 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 10/31/1995 & rated 88 points: Christie's Pre-Sale Tasting (Amsterdam): Relatively light, good typicity, nice length, fully mature. (1681 views)

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 John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2006, Issue #4, 1970 Claret: Thirty-six Years’ Young
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Château Pape Clément

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Pape Clement

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

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Graves

Vins de Graves (Conseil des Vins de Graves) - Read more about Pessac Leogan Graves and its wines

 
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