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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 63 
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 2006 and 2017 (based on 15 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pape Clement on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.3 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 88 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by CharlesHetzel on 6/3/2015 & rated 93 points: Brief note: funky initial nose, tobacco, sweet black fruit. Silky mouthfeel with a rich mid palate. Wine gets larger in your mouth. Very ripe and delicious. (387 views)
 Tasted by robertgf on 5/5/2015 & rated 93 points: Big Bordeaux IX (Kevin's house 4/18/15. Lower acidity than the 86 Cos d'Etournel. Sweet round, soft tannins. Lots of fruit; both red and blue. Rich body; as Joe said "chewy". Complex palate. Fine wine. (665 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 4/19/2015 & rated 94 points: Big Bordeaux IX (Kevin's house): Slow -O for 2 hours, decanted for 60 minutes; drank 1 glass over 3 hrs and then had another small pour after that. Dense and rich, brooding. There is smoke and tobacco on the nose and palate. The palate is very rich with dark fruit and many layers. There is good complexity. Nice tannins. The wine overall seemed "chewy" at first and calmed down over time. (874 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 4/18/2015 & rated 93 points: Big Bordeaux 9; 4/17/2015-4/24/2015: Much better than the last bottle I sampled which was flawed. Dark color. Cherry, smoke, blueberries and earth. Still tannic and should evolve over the next decade. Nice bottle. (762 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 4/18/2015 & rated 94 points: Big Bordeaux IX featuring '82 Pichon LaLande and Leoville Las Cases and More (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red color/purple color with a 5-7 mm transitional margin. Slow -O for 2 hours, decanted for 60 minutes; drank 1 glass over 3 hrs. This had a great nose that really developed over 20-30 minutes. This had pretty violets on the nose, red fruits that quickly give way to a core of deep rich black fruits with great purity, blackberry, cassis, and black cherry; scorched earth, damp earth and some sandalwood . The palate has great depth, a great layered core of blackberry, cassis, and black cherries, scorched earth, a little tar, deep and fresh, gravelly tannins, hints of wood and anise, glycerin, and a long polished finish. There was amazing concentration of fruit with a layered complexity. Man, I just love '90 Bordeaux. My #3 WOTN and group #2. 94+pts. (923 views)
 Tasted by pkatz on 4/6/2015 & rated 88 points: Although extended breathing helped, this wine is a bit over the hill. (822 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 3/22/2015 & rated 93 points: Consistent with my prior experience, although there was no funk this time. Really pretty and bright. Blind I might think this was a Pomerol. (630 views)
 Tasted by Dberlijn on 3/7/2015 & rated 92 points: Drank this at dinner with excellent Boeuf Bourguignon. Still youthfull colour. Fresh nose of blackberry fruit, bit of dust, forrest floor, tobacco and leather. Full bodied, good substance (not sweet but good glycerin, typical 1990 structure), fruit and Asian spices). At its prime, but can hold for a couple of years. (639 views)
 Tasted by etyc on 2/27/2015: 1990-themed dinner (The American Club): Next up (for me and most) was this Pape Clement. If I recalled correctly, none of us nailed this as Graves. It had that nice nose of tar, ink, tobacco; And on the palate, still a lot of structure, both red and black fruits, more ink, bit of leather, right dose of acid/freshness. Somehow, that smoky and earthly characteristics of a Graves didn't seem to manifest much... Most agreed this was left-bank, and oscillated between Pauillac and St. Julien. Such is blind-tasting... :) In anycase, a very nice drink! (844 views)
 Tasted by thomaskeil on 1/26/2015 & rated 93 points: Decanted 90 minutes, but other than sediment not necessary. This was really nice and seems fully mature. Complex aromas of red and dark fruits, along with earth, tar, anise, tobacco, and floral notes. Silky palate with medium fruit weight. The soft tannins and modest acidity created a finesse that played weight vs lightness. Very good with grilled ny strips. Flavors not as complex as nose and the length was modest. (1001 views)
 Tasted by Popester on 1/2/2015 & rated 93 points: NYE treat with Mi Bru. Showing well and still full of vibrancy, mature fruit and pleasant earthiness. (1078 views)
 Tasted by Harry Cantrell on 12/27/2014 & rated 93 points: garnet. Nose had forest floor, tobacco. Taste was medium weight, nice long finish, tobacco, asian spices. (978 views)
 Tasted by godx on 12/17/2014 & rated 92 points: Blind December Lunch (Lupo): Tasted blind. Right off the bat this showed youthful yet developing Bordeaux notes of red fruits with hints of cedar and smoke. Very well balanced and still showing quite a bit of structure. I think this has more to give and would be even better in 5 years. Excellent. 92+ (969 views)
 Tasted by dream on 11/13/2014 & rated 94 points: Gorgeous nose of scorched earth, warm gravel and ripe earthy black currants. Delicious flavors of ripe black and red currants with that wonderful Graves character of char and smoky gravel. Full, round and rich with a silky but also slightly rustic texture and god acids for a '90. The finish is lovely and filled with notes of dark spices, tobacco and minerals. Delicious smoky juice that could still be short of its peak! (1499 views)
 Tasted by MRichman on 11/9/2014: Still going strong. Sweet middle, good acid, dark earth, coffee, dark fruit. (1095 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 11/7/2014 & rated 93 points: Another really enjoyable bottle. Touch of funk that took 10min to blow off. Great depth and lovely interplay between red and black fruit. Round and totally silky in the mouth. Wonderful sense of harmony. This is in a perfect place right now. (1178 views)
 Tasted by dream on 7/29/2014 & rated 94 points: Great color. Gorgeous Graves nose of scorched earth, smoke, black currants and road tar. In fact, I asked my wife to identify the wine blind and she put her nose in the glass and said "Haut Brion?" Thick and silky with real breed to the texture. Balanced and pure with delicious vibrant flavors of black and red currants, roasted meats, smoky cedarwood and warm bricks. The finish is very finely complex with smooth, mature tannins. This is really very close to the first growths in this vintage and this is a wine that would convert any non-Bordeaux lover in a second. Drinking so beautifully now. (2109 views)
 Tasted by dream on 7/11/2014 & rated 94 points: Tremendously gorgeous Graves nose with notes of road tar, tobacco, char and grilled nuts. On the palate, it's not quite as expressive as the nose but still shows lovely flavors of smoky red fruits, tobacco and spice with a strong mineral note on the back-end. Really balanced and slightly rustic and seems perfectly mature tonight although will clearly hold at this plateau for some time. The finish is soft and complex and it's hard to stop drinking this. (2004 views)
 Tasted by UPL on 4/5/2014 & rated 92 points: leather, earthy, tobacco

give it a Minimum of 2 hours in the decanter (2218 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 1/17/2014 & rated 92 points: "Best of the Best" Tasting (Switzerland): Tasted blind: Clear ruby showing some bricking at the edges of the glass. Nose of tar, stable, tobacco and red berries. The tannins are quite hard, making the wine almost a bit rustic. At the same time there is a good sweetness to this wine bringing it back into sync. Elegant but almost a bit short. No hurry to drink (3073 views)
 Tasted by Ludi on 1/13/2014 & rated 93 points: Granato cupo, intatto. Naso elegantissimo di moka, ribes nero, grafite, menta, sottobosco, note fume, pepe, spezie orientali. In bocca è coerent, potente più del previsto, elegante e lunghissimo (2692 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/7/2013 & rated 94 points: nose was great. typical Bordeaux. Took a while until it was opened up and gave away all its beautiful aromas. Long finnish. Needed 2 Hours in the glass. I definitly think this one is drinkable for 10+ years (2935 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 3/18/2013 & rated 94 points: Decanted and drank over 3 hours. This was a nice surprise. Very pretty open nose of strawberries, dried roses, some herbs, a bit of smoke a touch of earth. Ripe, pretty red and black fruit with spice and herbs on the palate. Not especially deep or layered, but youthful and vibrant. Long bright finish. Lovely. (4243 views)
 Tasted by salil on 2/6/2013 & rated 89 points: Still feels incredibly young, especially after drinking the PLL. Powerful scents of smoke, tobacco and other more savoury and faintly roasted elements; still quite primary in the mouth with the fruit very rich and a firm tannic spine beneath. (4053 views)
 Tasted by danielk168 on 12/26/2012 & rated 93 points: Tasted blind and not decanted, very little clues at first with only herbal tones, later smoke and some leathery notes, fruit came after an hour or so, a fun wine to taste blind. I got the vintage right but could not nail the region. (3751 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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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

Bordeaux Wine Guide

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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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