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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 65 
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 2018 and 2036 (based on 16 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pape Clement on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.8 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 30 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jmoon on 5/29/2015 & rated 94 points: very ripe delicious dark and juicy. Cocoa espresso notes linger. (1234 views)
 Tasted by DrinkBordeaux on 1/26/2015 & rated 96 points: Dark purple color. Decanted over 3 hours, tasting at hourly intervals. Nose took a little time to open up, but when it did reveal itself, it was fantastic. Ripe dark fruit, violet, smoke, and chocolate. Dense and concentrated, with a silkiness on the palate. Firm, structured tannins. Long and persistent finish. Given the current prices of the 2009 vintage, this Pape Clement may turn out to be a relative bargain. This is a wine to follow, as it should become a force in the upcoming decade. (2683 views)
 Tasted by jmoon on 12/30/2014 & rated 95 points: Thrilling rich explosive nose of Asian spice , espresso, cocoa and violets. Highly perfumed. Dark rich ripe fruit, oak evident but built to last. Fantastic and excellent value. Deeper and softer after a 2 hr decant but also good on first pop. (2612 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 11/21/2014 & rated 95 points: Classy and elegant with a gorgeous nose which will make the Bordeaux lover swoon. The 2009 Pape Clement opens up with a balanced and utterly gorgeous nose of ripe, dark red fruits, dusty floral tones, minerals and undergrowth. On the palate, it’s youthful, with decades of development in store, yet still shows elegance with a delightful display of dark red fruits, plum, espresso and earth tones. It clenches the palate on the finish, showing off its formidable structure, yet this is a joy to drink. (3472 views)
 Tasted by Swajln on 9/12/2014 & rated 95 points: The wine looks inky colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like black currant (cassis), cherry and cherry. It tastes like blackberry. The body is full. The wine has polished texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity. Excellent!!! (3736 views)
 Tasted by Wine Sparty on 6/20/2014 flawed bottle: Had a taste via pop and pour, then put in the decanter for about 90 minutes and followed for a couple hours. This bottle was unfortunately corked. Not terribly so, as you could still get some of the aroma and tastes that you'd expect, but it was off. Aroma is some darker fruit, along with cedar. Taste is definitely dark fruits of blackberry and plum. After a couple hours in the decanter, it actually seemed to show the mildew from being corked even more. (4221 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 2/3/2014 & rated 96 points: Continuing to flesh out, the oak has faded quite a bit from bottling. Deep in color, with a smoke filled, silky, soft, polished, sensuous personality, the fruit is ripe, dense, pure, clean and opulent. The wine feels great on your palate. I look forward to seeing how this develops. (5362 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Still a bit early, but was expecting a bit more from all reviews and comments (professional and community). Good depth, but lacking in elegance and balance. Heavy oak influence and ripeness. Hopefully will integrate more with time. (4555 views)
 Tasted by PSPatrick on 11/30/2013 & rated 95 points: We poured the wine into a decanter and served the first glass after about ten minutes. It was dark ruby in colour and offered red fruit, black currant, cherry cola, graphite, barnyard notes, raw meat, cigar box, saddle leather and tobacco leaf on the nose. On the palate the wine showed cherry, black currant, blackberry, plum, cedar wood, leather, tobacco, spices, vanilla, liquorice, smoke, hints of coffee, cocoa and milk chocolate, as well as mineral notes and a boatload of graphite, paired with medium to medium-plus acidity, medium-plus ripe, fine, smooth tannin and incredible length. The rich, medium- to full-bodied wine had a very good, creamy mouthfeel and was very balanced. A very complex, very elegant Bordeaux that made me forget the time. A truly fine wine and the best Pape Clément I had to date! (4680 views)
 Tasted by jmoon on 5/28/2013 & rated 96 points: Best pape clement ever. Fantastic ripe juicy and exciting straight from the first pour, no decanting. So glad I have a case... If you don't then hurry up, amazing and delicious right now and in 10 yrs. (5816 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/22/2012 & rated 95 points: Very big but nicely balanced with tremendous finish. Mouth-coating. Clearly needs time. (6003 views)
 Tasted by Merzbow on 9/22/2012 & rated 94 points: 2009 Bordeaux at Beltramo's (Part 3) (Beltramo's, Menlo Park, CA): Hershey's chocolate nose, with a bit of heat. Bitter cocoa, long finish, tons of ripe tannin. Seems to straddle a mid-point between the bruiser style and the elegant style of high-end Left Bank Bordeaux this vintage. (8255 views)
 Tasted by DonalOB on 5/30/2012 & rated 94 points: Grande Bordeaux Tasting, 2009 (Harbour Grand Kowloon, Hong Kong): Big cab taste, although currently very tannic and a little bitter. It's good but this needs time. (4997 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 2/19/2012 & rated 94 points: Lead pencil, Graves mineral, perfumed fruits on the nose. On the palate, has power, with tannic material in reserve. Perfectly ripe fruits, shows the character of the vintage well. A complete wine. Quite a bit of similarity between this as the Domaine de Chevalier, with slight edge to the Pape Clement because of the superlative fruit. 94-95 (6992 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 1/30/2012 & rated 95 points: The famous property continues to dial back their wine making, Where some recent vintages could be described as a bit much, this is a strong, balanced effort. With smoke, licorice, coffee bean, blackberry and chocolate aromas, Rich, dense and packed with layers of juicy, ripe fruit, this sexy wine produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc ends with a long, deep, lush, finish. (6328 views)
 Tasted by Mike410 on 1/28/2012 & rated 95 points: Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting (MONTREAL). Well balanced. Citrus and black berries. Can achieve a 97-98 with aging. (4514 views)
 Tasted by mcease on 1/28/2012 & rated 98 points: Union des Grands Grus 2009 Bordeaux Tasting. Typical funk/oak nose from Pessac-Leognan. Unbelievable pallet with tart fruit that integrated perfectly with nice sweet cassis notes. Excellent concentration, full bodied with perfect balance. This had unbelievable complexities and beautiful round tannins. 98 points. (5163 views)
 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 1/27/2012: Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2009 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON): Great wine. Firm but not 30 years so. Crunchier red fruit compared to S.H.L. (5026 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 1/27/2012 & rated 93 points: 2009 Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting; 1/27/2012-1/31/2012 (Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois): 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The first wine I tried that really stood out at the tasting. Well balanced with spiced fruit, cocoa and mint notes. Firm tannins. 92-95 points. (5199 views)
 Tasted by Wine Sparty on 1/26/2012 & rated 94 points: UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers): Great dark berry nose. Taste has dark fruits and tobacco. Re-tasted later in the event, with consistent notes. Some heavier tannins were noticed the second time around. Made me think of a CA wine. (5001 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 1/26/2012 & rated 95 points: UGC Bordeaux (Sheraton Hotel - Chicago IL): Aromas of ripe blackberry, plum with blueberry hints. Lush textures, incredibly balanced, very long and powerful with some dark chocolate and spice on finish. My favorite wine at the Chicago UGC tasting. (5067 views)
 Tasted by Faryan on 1/25/2012: UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Decidedly more modern than all of the wines tried prior. The creaminess on the palate smacks of vanilla toast oak rather than fruit and to me this is something I tend to avoid as it impairs the transformative gift that Bordeaux wines provide with patience and a cold cellar. To me, this wine shows like a California Cabernet that is aimed to please a buyer in its relative youth. Again, there is wonderful fruit and depth to it, but this is a stylistic choice Pape Clement made, effectively turning its back on what I loved about the Chateau from decades prior. (NR) (4999 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 1/23/2012 & rated 92 points: UGC 2009 Bordeaux tasting San Francisco: Rich, lush dark fruit, good density and balance, nice acidity, fine tannins. A good but quite modern wine. (4657 views)
 Tasted by vinole on 1/23/2012 & rated 95 points: 2009 Bordeaux Union des Grands Crus Tasting (The Doral Resort & Spa, Miami, FL): Wonderful concentration and structure that just oozes class and elegance. Dark fruit with lots of depth and plenty of balancing acidity and tannin that should meld into a classic wine in the future. (4803 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/21/2012 & rated 95 points: 2009 Bordeaux Shines at 2012 UGC Tasting (Bentley Reserve, San Francisco, California): Dark ruby color; appealing, violet, cedar, cassis, plum nose; tasty, tight, tart plum, cassis, cedar palate; long finish 95+ points (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc) (5095 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/17/2013)
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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
JancisRobinson.com (11/8/2011)
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/18/2011)
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The World of Fine Wine, June 2010, Issue #28
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The World of Fine Wine, June 2010, Issue #28
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/2/2010)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/2/2010)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2010, Issue #26, The 2009 Bordeaux Vintage- Futures’ Glory?
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/21/2012)
(Château Pape Clément) Dark ruby color; appealing, violet, cedar, cassis, plum nose; tasty, tight, tart plum, cassis, cedar palate; long finish 95+ points (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)  95 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2011
(Chateau Pape-Clément (Pessac-Léognan)) A really appealing nose here, with a layer of honeyed oak (this is Pape-Clément, after all) but it seems well matched by a reserved but evident layer of fruit. Attractive, balanced, a touch creamy but not with the force that you can sometimes find from this château. There is an elegant edge to the creamy fruit, and a lovely backbone of ripe tannins behind it as well. Overall it has more harmony than many other wines on show here today. A delicious style, well structured in the finish, but in a reserved, grainy fashion rather than anything more robust. An excellent result.  18.5 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, March 2010
(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) This is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The wine has a dark, purple-black core with good concentration right out to the rim. The nose is very dense and yet perfumed, full of squashed cherries, warm tar, rose petals and more. No shortage of depth here. Yet the palate has an elegantly defined cool and rather direct style on the palate, showing an impressive definition. The tannins are moving from cottony to almost silky here, although that is not to say they take a back seat, and there is also a great concentration of fruit presented in very lush style. Supple, with a very polished finish, this is a sample which has great promise.  18-19+ 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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