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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 63 
ProducerChâteau Pape Clément (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2024 (based on 26 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pape Clement on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.9 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 97 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MRichman on 4/19/2015: Dark fruit, earth, smoke. Strong and muscular yet suave with some rosemary and dried hers and fine tannins. Drinking well but will improve, no rush to drink at all. this wine has another good 20+ years.
B+/A- (803 views)
 Tasted by BillyT on 4/3/2015 & rated 92 points: Unlike the first bottle, this wine did not disappoint. Rich color and legs with beautiful aromatics of dark red fruit, some oak, vanilla and more. Rich creamy texture on the palate. This wine has truly evolved into something specially. (975 views)
 Tasted by Strikermax on 12/19/2014 & rated 91 points: In de geur domineert mokka en toast. Zeer geconcentreerd, dik en wat log. Mist balans. Zachte tannines, lang aanhoudend.
Best een mooie wijn, maar wat een wereld van verschil met de vorige notitie! (1631 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/19/2014: I don't know the history of this bottle, but it was much more mature than it should be. I made just a few notes. In the mature bouquet mainly toast and coffee and also some dark fruits. On the palate still juicy fruits and good acidity, but also a lot of coffee and cocoa. Soft tannin. Still a lovely wine which scores around 90 - 91, but I will not enter the score. (1390 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 11/29/2014: Solid but didn't move me (1828 views)
 Tasted by ThomasL on 7/19/2014 & rated 93 points: Fint mogen doft med toner av ek, mörka frukter, inslag av våta löv och skog. Smaken är fylld med svart frukt och mjuk syra, mogna tanniner och en medellång eftersmak. Ett koncentrerat och gott vin. (2663 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 4/19/2014: Another stunning bottle showing all the quality of the estate ... Lots of black fruits, mint, berries, liquorice and elegant sweet tannins. Balanced, serene and starting to drink very well. (3163 views)
 Tasted by Villon on 3/10/2014 & rated 92 points: Belle complexité au nez, qu'on ne retrouve pas en bouche. Le tout est fondu et assez chaud, presque sudiste, typique du millésime. (3086 views)
 Tasted by phil the agony on 3/2/2014 & rated 90 points: Vraiment très bien mais p-ê un peu trop frais et non carafé . (2572 views)
 Tasted by jarjarbinx99 on 3/2/2014 & rated 92 points: A souffert d'être bu vers la fin... manque d'aération ? Mais tout de même très bon. (2726 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 1/18/2014: The nose has coffee grounds, soy, tobacco leaves, and a hint of mint. The pate is mouth coating with bright cherries, ash, a hint pg raw beef and moderate tannins. Im not a huge Bordeaux fan but I could drink this every day. (2308 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 1/7/2014: A wine that seems to transcend the 2003 vintage and deliver instead a wine of balance, purity and elegance. No over-cooked fruit fruit bomb here - just a stripped down version of what you would expect a 2003 to be. Fine-boned would be the cliche I would use to explain it - not in a teeth sucking and austere way, rather it is more svelte and nuanced with black fruits meshed with essence of gravel. Cool and calm. Very impressive. Open now but will last a while, although I guess it can't escape the whole 2003 vintage - I'd be surprised if it lasts another 20 years. (2081 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/9/2013 & rated 95 points: Good ripe cherries and beautiful oak in the bouquet. Supple ripe dark fruits, like blackberries and dark chocolate on the palate, some smoke as well. Great concentration. Refined and complex, beautiful acidity, tannin with a good bite and some pleasant sweetness. A little bit drying in the very long finish. Early maturity now and probably even better around 2018+. (2578 views)
 Tasted by Grinner on 11/3/2013 & rated 95 points: 17th Annual Lyon 10 Year Retrospective (The Lyon's Tree House): My second WOTN. Bordeaux equivalent of Phelps Insignia: iron fist in a velvet glove. Very deep with great structure. Black fruit, plum, stone/earth, mocha, and some cigar all go on and on. 93 on days 2 and 3. (2444 views)
 Tasted by BillyT on 10/24/2013 & rated 89 points: Somewhat disappointing from previous bottles. Cork was dry and sommelier split it at the bottom yet cork was firm at top. It just seemed flat compared to others. Having said that it went well with the lamb, pigeon and veal everyone had. (2457 views)
 Tasted by Strikermax on 10/11/2013 & rated 99 points: [stilte]

Wat een indrukwekkende wijn! Donkerpaars. In de prachtige neus rijpe kersen, sigarenkist, koffie, licht animaal, gesteente. Enorme concentratie, rijp en zoet fruit, chocolade, maar met voldoende frisheid, perfect in balans. Filmend in de mond. Stevige, maar perfect geintegreerde tannines, zeer lang aanhoudend. Sexy! Grenst aan perfectie. (2283 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 9/20/2013 & rated 95 points: I had this wine almost 3 years ago, and as far as I remember it hasn't evolved much since then. Very dark ruby-garnet color. Initially very oaky nose but gradually it revealed a lovely bouquet of dark plums, esspresso, moccha, ripe dark berries, sweet luxurious oak and the signature Pessac minerality of hot tile. Stefanos T with whom I shared the bottle found aromas of raw meat and blood which I described in my previous note. Full-bodied with textbook tannins that were massive and silky in the same time. Rich, ripe fruit and good balance. Long aftertaste. Absolutely enjoyable now with great potential. (2369 views)
 Tasted by Stefanos T. on 9/20/2013 & rated 97 points: This is a stunning wine!
Nose is intense and complex with rich ripe plum and blackberry fruit, beef blood, earthy tones and espresso beans, sweet spice and new oak which is still evident. Also the hot tiles Graves tell-tale aroma as well as cedar and Cabernet greenness.
With the first sip in my mouth I was thinking that this wine has the silkiest tannins I have ever met in a wine, yet when the liquid goes down a slight astringency is felt on the gums. Still perfect. Powerful yet round, complex and long this is a fabulous wine. It's not the most typical Bordeaux as oak and ripe fruit are more than abundant but still it has typical elements and in any case it is a fabulous wine! (2469 views)
 Tasted by LIE-user on 7/22/2013 & rated 95 points: Fascinating wine. It's really high-tech. Nothing for Bordeaux traditionalists but a nice freak trip to the edge of postmodern wine making. Abnormal complexity, extreme tension in the mouth. Haven't seen something similar and the proof, that the record heat in summer 2003 brought some special wine.
But in the end it's a wine like a formula one car: it's not built to last. After some hours the wine falls apart and the density and tension disappear. The next day it tasted completely different - not in a positive manner. (2327 views)
 Tasted by Coollawyer on 4/17/2013 & rated 92 points: This is a really nice wine. The wines has lovely amounts of cherries and some plums. There's a smoky minerality to the wines which is distinctive to the wine. (2970 views)
 Tasted by Verticalcollector on 4/6/2013 & rated 91 points: Large decanter for 1 and half hours then passed to a small decanter for serving. Short finish, med body, did'nt get cold. Well made but not that interesting. Decent wine. (2781 views)
 Tasted by LelouchViBritannia on 3/29/2013 & rated 94 points: First night (93) second night (95). If it had to chose 1 thing to describe this wine,it would be Dark Espresso. Amazing wine, no heat what so ever despite the infamous 2003 vintage. This is very refined, with blackcurrant, cedar, dark roast coffee characters. Moderate amount of tannins and sediments. Drink now to 2025. (3020 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 2/21/2013 & rated 92 points: Smoke, fresh roasted Espresso beans, blackberry jam, chocolate, tobacco and forest aromas led off the wine. On the palate, the wine had plush textures and ample black and blue fruits, finishing with silky, chocolate covered cherries and coffee sensations. Well-made and fun to taste. But something was missing that would not allow me to buy the wine. Close, but no cigar. (3561 views)
 Tasted by gsquireh on 1/26/2013 & rated 93 points: Ready and willing, this wine aims to please. Balanced, bodacious, and a born beauty. (3055 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 1/16/2013 & rated 92 points: From 375ml. Surprisingly precocious and tasty for a wine at age 10. Getting a little of that Graves smoke, lots and lots of bretty funk, roasted fruit, black more than red, yet still quite tannic and chunky on the finish. A lot of fun raw material but lots of knees and elbows right now. Modern but not spoofy. Pretty fun. (4144 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/7/2006)
(Château Pape Clément) Plum and espresso nose; tasty, rounded coffee, tart black fruit and vanilla palate; medium finish  91 points
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