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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 64 
ProducerChâteau Pape Clément (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

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 92.4 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 90 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Bruce 1er on 7/18/2015 & rated 97 points: Classic. Elegant. Vibrant red fruit. Pretty much has all you'd want in a Bordeaux. Beautifully balanced. At peak. (188 views)
 Tasted by Comte Flaneur on 7/11/2015 & rated 92 points: It has a healthy maroon hue with notes of smoke, tobacco, melted asphalt, scorched earth and red, black and blue fruits. It opens and persists nicely developing more smokey and some truffly notes which greatly adds to its allure. Over time the truffle and rich cherry fruit come to the fore giving this a luxurious feel. This wine has low acidity and a touch of heat, which has perhaps been attenuated with age but it doesn't really detract from the enjoyment of the wine because of the wine's other attributes, it has a decent length too. Maybe what differentiates this from Haut Brion and La Mission is the exquisite perfect equilibrium and tension they have compared to the Pape. But that is probably nitpicking and certainly wasn't 'fixed' from 1998 by making these wines more extracted. Anyhow this is a delicious and super-ripe wine that delivers a lot of pleasure. (230 views)
 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. (560 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. (819 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. (1035 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. (879 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. (1019 views)
 Tasted by pkatz on 4/6/2015 & rated 88 points: Although extended breathing helped, this wine is a bit over the hill. (855 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. (673 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. (671 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! (884 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. (1029 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. (1108 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. (1005 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+ (1025 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! (1546 views)
 Tasted by MRichman on 11/9/2014: Still going strong. Sweet middle, good acid, dark earth, coffee, dark fruit. (1125 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. (1206 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. (2156 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. (2049 views)
 Tasted by UPL on 4/5/2014 & rated 92 points: leather, earthy, tobacco

give it a Minimum of 2 hours in the decanter (2246 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 (3109 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 (2719 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 (2962 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. (4269 views)
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