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 Vintage1985 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 2015 (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 88.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by AustinWineSalon on 2/21/2010: Definitive Bordeaux (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): More to the nose, less to the palate than the 1966, this was a smooth, nicely balanced wine which "even has a little finish." A leaner, lighter style than the 1966, the 1985 Pape Clement had a "gorgeous" and "stunning nose," with one discerning taster identifying cinnamon, clove, all-spice, and rosemary, and another sour cherry and pencil/wood shavings. Remember when you had to change out the pencil sharpener shavings at school? Additional flavors of fruit, peppercorn, spices ("a cornucopia of"), black currant, and dark cherries were noted. "Good time 2B drinking this," "very 85," "damp forest floor," "lighter style," and "perfect example": this wine had its proponents. Billy said he was glad 2B here today. Thank the french pope. (4903 views)
 Tasted by stadler on 2/20/2010: Lunch-time tasting at Nicolas and Sandrine's; 2/20/2010-2/21/2010 (Paris, France): Un bouchon impossible à retirer, filtrage obligatoire...Robe trouble aux reflets bruns dans le fond du verre, arômes fragiles, qui se transforment rapidement, du sous-bois à la torréfaction, café, avec une note brûlée. L'apogée est derrière nous, tout le monde l'a noté mais c'est encore très fin, nous ne le déclarons pas mort ! (4209 views)
 Tasted by Tartiflette on 12/11/2009 & rated 84 points: What a wonderfull nose. Stone and gravel, cherries and lacorice. The first 2 gulps was nice as well, but then it died. This was over the top, but aged with beauty. Very drinkable but should have been drunk 5 years ago. (4037 views)
 Tasted by Rob MacKay on 2/5/2007: Opened on Superbowl Sunday. Cork was soaked nearly to the top and the nose was not really there. Taste was very green with very little finish. Either this was a bad bottle or this wine is well past its prime. No rating. (4898 views)
 Tasted by bsherwin on 1/28/2007: Bordeaux on the Hudson (Peter Pratt's Inn): An interesting wine if not particularly enjoyable. It had the nose of a sweeter wine, but this was bone dry. There was a little nuttiness that spoke to a slight oxidation. I'm assuming that all that's left here is Semillon. Smoke 'em if you got 'em. (5342 views)
 Tasted by SimonG on 12/24/2005: Little sediment. Deep dark red colour. Cedar, pencil shavings, graphite, slightly tarry, sweetly smokey nose deveoping into a really strong hickory smoke and bbq sauce. Bretty? Quite savoury and meaty on the palate, fat, viscous, long and lingering legs. Lovely and very different on the nose to the previous bottle a couple of months ago. Excellent (2835 views)
 Tasted by SimonG on 9/3/2005: Good rich ruby colour, only slight garnet rim, far darker than 1990 Rioja Alta 904 reserva drunk alongside it. Pencil shavings on the nose, good core of sweet fruit, quite fleshy still with reasonable length. Not the greatest but very nice. (2845 views)
 Tasted by Goldstone on 6/8/2005 & rated 90 points: Gorgeous nose and palate on the immediate opening. Left for a while then drunk over cheese at the end of a dinner at home with friends. Continued to open up gorgeously in the glass and was very impressive. Mellowed and turned almost slightly sweet towards the end. Lots of fruit still and quite structured tannins. Think it will continue to show better over the next few years. Still looks like a youngish wine. Not as good as the Talbot '85 but very good indeed. Not rated by Robert Parker because it was the first year after winemaker Bernard Pujol moved in ( he produced a 91-point wine the following year). (3133 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, 1985 Claret The Finest Bordeaux Vintage of the 1980s (9/1/2014)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2004
(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) Dense, pure, surprisingly youthful colour. Very classic nose, with good fruit. Open and expressive, meaty, gloriously accessible. This is early maturity. Powerful, smooth, pure, fluid mouthfeel. Firm sweet fruit backed up by plenty of tannic structure. Floral aromatics. Lovely wine, with great potential.  17.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, September 2002
(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) This is a dark red wine with a tawny hue. Stylish nose, full of fruit with some toffee character. Very firm and muscular on the palate, with sweet, tarry fruit. Great tannins which lie in the background providing structure. Good acidity. Well balanced.  18 points
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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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