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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 65 
ProducerChâteau Pape Clément (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)024726210390, 852187004315

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2035 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pape Clement on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 29 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Sundbyberg on 6/12/2015 & rated 90 points: Not as nice fruit as the 2006.
Less oak than the 2006, yet disturbingly overoaked. Needs at least 48 hours to integrate. (682 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 5/22/2015 & rated 93 points: After being closed for a long time, this wine is slowly entering the drinking window. Dark purple. Nose of dark fruit with some vanilla, oak and a smoky touch, not as complex as the best vintage but additional age could bring out a bit more as well. Soft entry on the palate with good mid palate structure and balance, medium bodied. 93-94 (983 views)
 Tasted by peterchoy on 2/3/2015 & rated 94 points: Appearance: Bright and clear, it has deep ruby color, with garnet rims and legs.
Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit of cassis, blackberry, dark cherries and plum, maturity notes of tobacco and savory, animal notes of meaty, sweet spices of nutmeg, kernel notes of coffee, dairy notes of cream, hints of oak notes of smoke. The wine is developing.
Palate: Dry with medium acidity, the wine has medium (+) tannin of ripe and velvety texture, with medium in alcohol level, it has medium (+) body and medium (+) intensity on flavors of black fruit such as cassis, blackberry, plum and dark cherries, oak notes of cedar, kernel notes of milk chocolate, maturity notes of sweet tobacco, mineral notes of earth. The wine has a medium (+) finish.
Conclusion: Very good quality Pessac-Leognan showing the true beauty of the Bordeaux left bank, with an intense nose of high complexity, even at a relatively young age, with a good abundance of primary, secondary and tertiary aromas, all in harmony with each other. The palate is of elegance, with the ripe fruit highlighting good concentration and flavors, but accompanying also with all the fine elements of the wine, plus having a fairly long finish. Ready to drink now but the wine can further develop for another 3-5 years. (1620 views)
 Tasted by j30 on 11/1/2014 & rated 90 points: (Tasting portion) Candied nose, berries, still tannic. (1990 views)
 Tasted by rbs1 on 12/25/2013 & rated 94 points: Xmas dinner, after a white Portuguese with cheese appetizers, the Pape Clement was wonderful, with the small amount of Cabernet Franc showing brilliantly (4263 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 8/13/2013 & rated 94 points: Dark garnet/ruby. Discrete nose of dark fruit with toast. On the palate medium-full bodied with good fruit, very young tannins and quite some oak that needs to be integrated. Good raw material overall. No pleasure at all at the moment. Wait till 2018 before opening this bottle. (5358 views)
 Tasted by Sjontoft on 5/18/2013 & rated 91 points: Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting in Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France): Dark, but not inky in the glass.
Nose has cedar, and is quite earthy .
Palate is full bodied with medium acidity and with earthiness being clear. Tannins are soft. It is slightly bitter (like orange peel) towards the end, which holds it back for me.
A very nice wine though.
3 = very good. (5700 views)
 Tasted by kidsmurf2000 on 11/27/2012 & rated 91 points: An incredible mineral nose, with lots of gravel and earth. Strong dark perfume. But taste falls flat, with some awkward tannins. Needs more time? (6013 views)
 Tasted by Sweet_Berry_Wine!! on 8/22/2012 & rated 95 points: Wow is all I can say. Incredible nose of laser-focused black cherry and currant fruit with strong overtones of roasted coffee and mocha. Strong earth component is found on the palate, but is beautifully balanced by some of the brightest, purest fruit I've expereinced in a Bordeaux in a while. Tannins soft and acidity right where it needs to be. (6681 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 3/17/2012 & rated 92 points: K&L Top Bordeaux Tasting (K&L, San Francisco): Minerally, dusty, great spices, balanced fruit; tannic, very young but fresh, good fruit, midpalate drops a tad, balanced finish. Much potential but needs many years. I thought this was an excellent wine, especially for the price. 92+ (5017 views)
 Tasted by dynowine on 3/17/2012 & rated 89 points: K&L Best of Bordeaux Tasting 17-Mar-2012: Steady oaky warm spicy berry tart nose; savory mineral almost salty-smoky slightly fruity with hint of beef blood palate; savory mineral light fruit with notes of salt-smoke medium plus finish. Body medium, Tannin medium plus, acid medium plus. Either fruit is tightly wound (in a sleeping phase) or low, if latter not sure how this will age. Still a good wine even now. USD 119 as tested. (5747 views)
 Tasted by alr6767 on 2/21/2012 & rated 93 points: Opened and decanted for one hour, consumed over the next two.

Crimson red. Barnyard, charred earth and smoke, some pleasant green notes, very powerful and complex nose that gets better with air. Great fruit for the vintage, very accessible with or without food, seamless balance, creamy mouth feel floating to the top of the palate revealing mushroom, tobacco, and asian spices on the tongue. Chocolate, espresso, and grippy but balanced earthy tannin on the medium/medium-long finish.

Great for the vintage, but not cheap by any means, and in a class behind similarly priced '09 which I think is very outstanding. Would love to drink again (surely a go-to if I spot it on a menu) as this is currently open for business, but I won't be putting any away right now. Would back up the truck at half the price, which isn't out of the question if the '09 and '10 price these out of the market. 13.5%. (4548 views)
 Tasted by tkoby11 on 1/28/2011 & rated 94 points: 2008 Vintage Tasting Union Des Grand Crus de Bordeaux, Great Wines of Bordeaux, USA Tour New York City (Metropolitan Pavilion): 48% Melrot
48% Cab Sauv
3% Petit verdot
1% Cab Franc

Good concentration and showing very well, deep black flavors of cassis, cherry, tar, toasty oak with big tannins, a touch of mint lingers on the finish. It may be big with fruit but the wine comes into balance with the tannins. (6115 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 1/28/2011 & rated 92 points: Smoky on the nose, with dark promising fruits but not a ton of Graves typicity showing. Fairly sweet fruit, rounded and concentrated, with some flintiness to redeem this wine’s sense of place. Well done for the vintage, but not a spectacular Pape Clement – I prefer the 2006. 92 (5208 views)
 Tasted by ews3 on 1/28/2011 & rated 94 points: Union des Grand Crus 2008 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC (Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC): really nice. med(+) oaky palate shows sweet spice, sweet black fruit, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. delicious. medium(+) finish. (6097 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/28/2011 & rated 91 points: Tasted at Zachy's Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux's 2008 Bordeaux Vintage Tasting @ Metropolitan Pavilion on 1/28/11. Oaky nose w/notes of some sweet cassis and chocolate. Dense black fruit on palate w/flavor notes of tobacco, coffee & chocolate. Thick & tannic w/long dry & bitter finish. Very young, this needs time. (4926 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 1/28/2011 & rated 93 points: Pape Clement expresses smoke, tar, tobacco, cassis, cherry pipe tobacco and espresso in the perfume. Full bodied and richly textured, this round, concentrated wine ends with blackberry, cassis and bitter chocolate. (5708 views)
 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 1/25/2011: Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2008 (Toronto - The Four Seasons): UGC Event (5848 views)
 Tasted by Badfish on 1/22/2011 & rated 90 points: Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2008 Tasting (The Barker Hangar – Santa Monica, CA): This has pure berry extract on the nose with complicating notes of purple flowers and currant leaf. The palate is a black hole with gobs of gripping tannins and dry extract. The flavor impression is that of black olives, black currant, and blackberries. I don't know what to make of this wine as it is just so backward with rich heady textures and flavors throughout. 90? (5985 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 1/22/2011 & rated 89 points: Bordeaux 2008 UGC tasting San Francisco; 1/21/2011-1/22/2011 (Palace Hotel, San Francisco): Decent, slightly bright fruit, shuts down into the mid-palate, slight bitterness on the finish. (6106 views)
 Tasted by MattTM on 1/22/2011: Union des Grands Grus 2008 Bordeaux Tasting (Barker Hanger, Santa Monica): Lots of oak on the nose, followed by some sweet cassis and chocolate. Dense black fruit on the palette, as well as some tar and espresso notes. Long dry finish with some bitterness at the end, and a bit of current and oak. (5758 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/21/2011 & rated 90 points: 2011 UGC Bordeaux Tasting: 2008 Vintage (Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California): Dark purple red violet color; intriguing, herbal, cassis, red plum nose; tasty, ripe cassis, red plum palate; medium finish 90+ pts. (6281 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 11/24/2010 & rated 93 points: Very nice nose of red fruit, vanilla, smoky, mine de crayon... in the mouth, loads of fruit, almost no tannins, average lenght... very nice wine (5582 views)
 Tasted by Biggsy on 10/17/2010 & rated 91 points: Ruby red. A dense, smoky nose with blackcurrant and hedgerow aromas. Full and ripe with stylish spicy ripe tannins, leafy blackcurrant, cherry and green pepper. Polished, impressive and well defined.
 Tasted by PanosKakaviatos on 6/1/2009 & rated 93 points: Bordeaux 2008 (Bordeaux): Very dark fruit and tar on the nose û just a hint of asphalt û with a brooding licorice like palate infused with blackberry, black cherry and some cinnamon and chocolate elements. Structure, depth and ample concentration, but it has closed down just a bit since April. A bigger, ômodernö style of Graves. Very successful in that sense. 92-94+ (914 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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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2011, Issue #34, Re-Visiting the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage: Is It Superior to Both 2009 and 2010?
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By Stephen Tanzer
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View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Snapshot of the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage- Really a Lovely and Classically Proportioned Year
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By Julia Harding, MW
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/21/2011)
(Château Pape Clément) Dark purple red violet color; intriguing, herbal, cassis, red plum nose; tasty, ripe cassis, red plum palate; medium finish 90+ pts.  90 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2010
(Chateau Pape-Clément (Pessac-Léognan)) A pile of raw oak here; it's not unusual for wines this young to show oak of course but this is particularly noticeable, perhaps because there is little else to the aromatic profile. The same character comes across on the palate. There is rather bare fruit here in the front and midpalate although there is more in evidence together with a more flattering texture towards the finish. Nevertheless this comes across as a pile of grip and a mouthful of splinters at the moment. Lots of extract giving firm tannins and a dark colour so there is a lot of wine underneath it all but it makes the wine very difficult to judge.  16-16.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2009
(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) Smoky fruit, and a lot of sweet oak here, over dense blackberry and plum fruit. A very dry palate, with the oak showing through over a firm, tannic backbone. There is good acidity, and a big, oak and tannin-infused finish. There is little in the way of sweetness, softness or generosity here. But there is certainly some substance. Could be very good indeed.  16.5-17. points
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