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 Vintage1998 Label 1 of 65 
ProducerChâteau Pape Clément (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)217058511093

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2021 (based on 29 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pape Clement on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.9 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 81 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 7/22/2015 & rated 93 points: I've had 5 or 6 bottles since my last note. This has really picked up in the last couple of years - drinks fantastically now but is still improving. From 1/2 bottle needs 1hr double decant. Glad to have another 10ish bottles. My last tasting notes stand. If anything the fruit is getting plusher and sweeter. (296 views)
 Tasted by liber on 4/24/2015 & rated 94 points: 2nd of 6, perfect fill, decanted 2 hours, in 2012 almost undrinkable - now deepish, quite dense, mat red, little development; complex attractive bouquet, blackcurrant and plum, earth, tobacco, smoke, violet, trace of chocolate and spice; fullish, persistent, nuanced, grip, slightly dusty fruit, extracted but feels well judged, just about ready. Very fine (18.5/20). (791 views)
 Tasted by Ericsson on 3/21/2015 & rated 92 points: Bouchon et (demie) bouteille en parfaite condition. Bottom neck. Non carafée mais ouverte 45 minutes avant consommation. Robe plus évoluée qu'en bouteille, prune foncée. Nez sur le cassis, la fumée, l'âtre froid.
En bouche, le vin est davantage marqué par une certaine acidité, il offre moins de nuances. La finale est aussi moins longue.
Ça reste excellent mais cette demie bouteille offrait moins de pureté. Dans ces conditions, à boire. (986 views)
 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 2/27/2015 & rated 93 points: Ok, this wine seems to have really improved. From a 350ml this needed 1hr in the glass, then had such a rich plush mouthfeel, with a smokey, mineral taste - albeit with a slightly modern hint of roasted fruit. Lasted another hour till I'd finished the bottle. Was a really enjoyable large glass - and I'm now looking forward to drinking more. Actually glad to have another 15 halves to go. I called this wrong when I said it was falling apart, it's definately still improving. Prime? Maybe in another 2yrs, but this drinks wonderfully already - just need that 1hr decant first. (1147 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/26/2014 & rated 92 points: perfektes Trinkstadium, ging erst nach Stunden im Dekanter in die Breite. Sehr feingliedrig elegant und gute Länge (1509 views)
 Tasted by ilee on 12/22/2014 & rated 94 points: This wine is one of those textbook specimens that justify all the expensive investment, not to mention pomp and circumstance, in the exercise of decanting. Popped and poured at 5pm, it was as light as a burg in an off year, leading me to wonder where the inky smoky monster I encountered 5 years ago had gone. Perhaps an example of drinker having aged better than the wine? Only 2 hours later did the notes of blackberry, melted tar, dusty wood chips and spring flowers start showing up in the glass. It wasn't until 4 hours later that inky smoky monster of years past finally showed up. Only that it was no longer so monstrous, but a velvety smooth, silky, elegant Bordeaux whose fine layers of fruit melted away into a nice long smoky finish. Still by no means light bodied, and with tannins lending some grip to the finish, this wine strikes me as mature and totally ready to be enjoyed. (Just be sure to allow ample time for decanting!) But if you have cases you want to pass to your teenage kids, it will also be drinking beautifully ten years from now... (1587 views)
 Tasted by Sir-Harrie on 12/20/2014 & rated 91 points: Toller Stoff. Ausbalanciert und harmonisch rund. Klasse. (1137 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/10/2014 & rated 91 points: Beautiful and lush bouquet with ripe dark forest fruits and well dosed luxurious oak. Same on the palate, some licorice and earthy impressions, leather and coffee. Spreads through the mouth. Fully mature. (1308 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 9/4/2014 & rated 92 points: "4 months after the Coravin tasting" - checking the remaining wine (Osteria da Fiorella): 4 months after Coravin tasting - remaining half bottle as if untouched
dark red-purple
enjoyable nose with coffee, tobacco, autumn impressions, mushrooms and pleasant barnyard notes
lovely and enjoyable palate with autumn impressions, dark red fruits, balanced spices, coffee and creamy chocolate, good acidity, firm silky tannins, well balanced with great harmony, long enjoyable finish.
at peak now. (1946 views)
 Tasted by davergny on 7/13/2014 & rated 94 points: Excellent bottle. Great nose, silky & long, smoky dark fruits, musk, beautiful long finish. (1733 views)
 Tasted by Grand Amateur on 5/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Bought upon release and perfectly stored. Still very youthful (some others like Lafon Rochet are very evolved). Superb nose. Complex. Ethereal. In the mouth, also a superbly defined fruit. At the end, the tannin's are quite present. Which suggest waiting before opening the next one. (2083 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 5/1/2014 & rated 92 points: 1st Coravin tasting (and testing) (at Yoram Solberg): Coravin tasting
dark red-purple
enjoyable nose with coffee, tobacco, autumn impressions, mushrooms and pleasant barnyard notes
lovely and enjoyable palate with autumn impressions, dark red fruits, balanced spices, coffee and creamy chocolate, good acidity, firm silky tannins, well balanced with great harmony, long enjoyable finish.
at peak now. (1393 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 2/18/2014 & rated 91 points: The first vintage of Pape Clement with the stamp of Bernard Magrez is probably drinking at close to its peak today, with a tobacco, cherry, earth, smoke and truffle nose. The wine starts soft on the palate, but there is a dusty, rough note in the finish that is a little harsh. Still, the spicy, dark fruits and cocoa in the end are quite nice. There is probably no real hurry to drink this wine, but I am not sure it needs more age. (2979 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Beautiful and complex bouquet with coffee, tobacco, autumn impressions, mushrooms and some pleasant barnyard. On the palate autumn impressions as well, but also some red fruits, sweet spices, coffee and creamy chocolate. Good acidity and silky soft tannin. Very harmonious wine with a great length. I do not know the history of this bottle, but the wine is on the brink of the slope downwards. A really well kept bottle can probably last another few years. (2159 views)
 Tasted by Ericsson on 11/14/2013 & rated 95 points: Bordal chez DZ (Cépages bordelais) (Geneva): La plus belle robe de la série, quasi atramentaire et brillante. Superbe nez sur l'âtre froid, la fumée, le cuir noble. Magnifique bouche, toute de finesse et de puissance, très rectiligne, sans creux, longue et savoureuse. Excellent à boire mais avec de belles réserves. Mon préféré ce soir. (2669 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 11/13/2013 & rated 93 points: Sharon's Birthday (Kapcsandy, Rhys, Huet, Pape Clement, +++) (GHT): I loved this wine, the group, not as much. The nose has lots of funk. Barnyard with cassis and cherries. Very musty and earth. On the palate, this is complex. Everything is integrated and just wonderful layering. Currants and earth and summer barnyard. Great with food. In its prime now IMO. (2543 views)
 Tasted by Winemaker51 on 11/3/2013 & rated 88 points: Smokey, forest floor aromatics, which did not show oxidation. Very developed both aroma and palate. This wine is at its peak with still good fruit. Very charming, elegant style getting a few notches down for lack of intensity. Was decanted and served immediately. The 1999 and 2000 are more substantial wines.. Drink now, do not hold (1967 views)
 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 7/19/2013 & rated 91 points: Another less than convincing bottle that was watery and ready to drink immediately after popping the cork. (2398 views)
 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 7/12/2013 & rated 89 points: Very disappointing. Drank from 1/2 bottle and only double-decanted for sediment. Lots of roasted flavours, definite black tea, velvety tannin, some smoke but the wine looked mature on the rim and evolved quickly in the glass - soon loosing balance. Simple, medium-full bodied. Basically - fell apart. Is this what will happen to all the heavily oaked wines in fashion today? I'll try another bottle soon and take more detailed notes. I can fully imagine this would have impressed 5yrs ago, but my initial guess is that this is deteriorating with age. (2295 views)
 Tasted by Flavito on 7/8/2013 & rated 90 points: Modern style but quite nice and delicious. Very good for the vintage. (1958 views)
 Tasted by pgordon62 on 4/20/2013 flawed bottle: Very Bretty. Nice weight. But fundamentally flawed. (2393 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 3/16/2013 & rated 90 points: Opened by Mark. Notes of pencil lead, currants and leather. A little thinner than the other 1998's at the dinner with less tannins. I've had the 1999, 2005, 2009 and 2010 before and this did not have the depth or structure of any of them. Still a fine wine though. 90 points. (2655 views)
 Tasted by mezzasega on 1/27/2013 & rated 94 points: Tappo perfetto, non intriso, ma ben bagnato sul fondo. Colore scuro. Profumo perfetto, alle sue note tipiche aggiunge un ulteriore aroma di rosa che si sprigiona dopo un'ora. In bocca è più austero, ma perfettamete equlibrato e con il passare delle ore tende ad arirsi nel suo ottimo equilibrio. In bocca si sente aroma di tabacco, che viene richiamato nelle note gustative dei grandi esperti per questo vino. Tannini perfetti, poteva resistere ancora svariati anni e la sensazione è che invecchiando migliori. (2157 views)
 Tasted by wahoff on 11/10/2012 & rated 92 points: Absolutely stunning: at full maturity, complex nose and refined tannins giving it a velvety grip. Won the tasting flight against Margaux and Troplong Mondot from the same 1998 vintage.

Renversant: à pleine maturité, nez complexe et tannins raffinés lui donnant une poigne de velours. A gagné la dégustation face au Margaux et Troplong Mondot du même millésime 1998. (2012 views)
 Tasted by dzitt on 8/24/2012 & rated 91 points: Assez sombre et pas tuilé. Nez de poivron, de thé, de feuilles mortes et de cuir. En bouche, il y a du fruit, du cuir, des épices, mais aussi des arômes tertiaires. Plus évolué que le Sociando 1996 bue en même temps, sur son plateau, mais excellent compagnon à table. Excellent. (1159 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (8/10/2007)
(Ch Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/11/2006)
(Ch Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
(Chateau Pape Clement Pessac-Leognan) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
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By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (4/11/2009)
(Pape-Clement) This wine was so overextracted and bitter that quite simply put, Michel Rolland raped the extract out of these grapes to the point of no return. These grapes were forced to give it up, and all of it up, as every single bit of extract was sucked out these grapes and it is dead or to keep the metaphor going, severely emotionally damaged. A shame as this wine showed very well five years ago. It was not an enjoyable beverage at all and I see the wine going nowhere. It was dark black and bitter with mild aromatic notes like tobacco that one would commonly associate with Pessac. A shame. Why does Michel Rolland have to mess with this estate? The were making perfectly fine wine in vintages like 1961. A shame as the material was probably good as 1998 was excellent in Graves/Pessac-Leognan.
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