Extremely luxurious bouquet with dark forest fruits, cassis, graphite, cigar box and beautifully toasted oak. On the palate dark as well as red forest fruits, sweet spices, beautiful acidity and tannin and extremely well balanced. Extremely delicious and a mix between classical and modern style. A star of the vintage! Really great now and no problem cellaring this for another 5 – 7+ years.
Brought to grill restaurant in Hokkaido. Poured into decanter and drank over almost 2h. Dark garnet with a thin translucent rim. Dark berries, forest floor and earth on the nose. On the palate there is still plenty of fresh and juicy fruit, initial notes of leather blow off as the wine opens up. Coffee and toast as expected from a modern Pape Clement but it's well integrated given the plenty of fruit. Tannins not noticeable. Nice, fairly long finish. An excellent Pape Clement and an excellent 2003 Bordeaux with none of the overripe and burned flavors. Will last but don't see any reason not to open today. 93-94
Dark red in color. Nose of leather, Earl Grey tea and tobacco leaves. Quite sweet and rich but has a very nice balance. Very smooth tannins. Now in a very nice drinking phase but I see another 10-15 years of high quality drinking ahead.
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
[/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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bordeaux Dinner (Restaurant van de Kaart Amsterdam): This wine is like stepping into a coffee factory, overwhelming nose of fresh burned coffee beans. Then also black fruits, cherries, graphite and cloves. All Asian notes. interesting bottle although maybe bit monolithic at the moment. I would give it more time.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - Pessac-Léognan Commune Event (Bishop's): Darker red in colour. Ripe and sweet nose of dark red and blue fruits and vanilla oak that made me think more of Napa than Bordeaux. Juicy and somewhat jammy on the palate with decent acidity and fairly firm yet chewy tannins. The finish is long but the alcohol is a tad noticeable. This is very different in style than the ’98 and ’01. It’s definitely not a bad wine, in fact, it’s a very well made wine that most people will love, it’s just not my style, and not what I expect from Bordeaux, let alone Graves. Oh how my palate has changed. I loved this wine back in 2007 when I first got interested in wine and now I really could careless to drink it. I’ll be selling my remaining bottles. Good.
Good nose leads you into the real treat. Coffee, tobacco, and perhaps even chocolate on the palate, with a long finish. An easy wine to understand. California Cab lovers will enjoy this wine as well as Bordeaux drinkers. Stood up well to a butterflied marinated leg of lamb done on the grill.
Soft and delicate compared to the St. Clement. In some ways it was hard to go back to a wine like this after such a big Howell Mountain Cab. Soft medium bright cherries, pink rose petals, soft white and pink peppercorn, and a nice dose of fresh new horse saddle. Elegant and feminine styling. I've heard PC wines often are New World driven showing lots of plump ripe fruit drive; I didn't really feel this in this sampling. There was plenty of earth, iron and dusty tannins. A great wine that is best appreciated by an avid drinker. Many at the gathering preferred the St. Clement 04 Howell Mountain over this beauty - to each their own.
I have always enjoyed a pape clement, especially since the change in ownership in 1997 (?). The '98 was my first pape clement which also gave me a first glimpse into the 'modern' style of bordeaux. My palate has since evolved and am no longer a big fan of this style, although I still enjoy a drink of this every so often. Tonight, PnP in Hai Shin Lou (Cantonese seafood) from a half bottle. Color was deep deep cordovan, without any rimming on the edge. Nose was initially ungiving, but after a few minutes of constant swirling, here emerges classic scents...of..Napa?!? Oak and some vanilla with dark blue fruits. First sip confirmed that this was drinking more like an extremely bordeaux-like napa blend than a graves. Wow. Excellent balance, grippy and long. No heat despite the vintage. Some jammy-ness but not annoyingly so. If this were indeed a napa wine, i would rank it a couple of points higher! Over time, things settled down a bit and I finally detected flavours of wet stone and some graphite. But still surrounded by...dark blue fruit. I can only say that if I had tasted this blind, I would have made a fool of myself by declaring unequivocally that this was new world cali cab. Having said that, I still enjoyed this wine thoroughly and am looking forward to seeing how this will evolve. n.b. I will not take this for Chinese seafood again...more likely to a steak house and nothing less.
Gorgeous nose of ripe red fruits, licorice, tobbaco and wet gravel. Lots of minerality. I'm getting savory herbs and a little eucalyptus as well. Could sniff this all day. Very balanced, ripe, rich, fruit (not heavy at all), chewey/sweet tannins and decent acidity. Great, silky mouthfeel. After some good air time this turns more savory and the minerals are leaping from the glass.. Really hits the sexy sweetsspot. This is a WOW wine for me and much better showing than the 2003 Cos d'Estournal I had the other day. Does have a slight bitterness to it at the end. Tannins are definately there and come out behind the initial silkiness. Great now if don't mind a little bitterness and the wood/slightly mouth drying tannins on the back end ( fruit is plenty deep and rich enough to hold up to these ). Has plenty more room to evolve and get even sexier. Drinks great now but would love to revisit in 3-5yrs. Bought half a case more. As far as length goes--I can still feel the texture and taste/smell the Graves character when I woke up the next morning.
My second bottle of this amazing wine. Deep ruby color, with a black core. More mature and evolved than the last time. Round tannins, graphite, leather, cinnamon, black olives, black fruits, and silky oaky vanilla, both on the nose and palate. Excellent!
YES We CAN ! °°° Great mouthfilling- Young Sexy Wine ! in other words: after half an hour- allready inspirating- lovely fruity- full of Youth - freshness intermixed with wonderfull endowed tanins and barrel- lovely vanilla cake at its best ! The joyfull heat sweetness and great uppwardness of Fruit - both in cohension- is looking for something to compare ? 96 / 100 Points for a Great Pape Clement which is really worth it - this little money ! ;-)
Drank at home with my wife Sophia, over dinner, on February 14... Very dark garnet. Seductive nose with liquorice, graphite, ash, ink, hot iron and plums with hints of meat. Full-bodied, mouthcoating, with velvety tannins, very rich fruit and balancing acidity. Long finish. Voluptuous wine. Perfectly drinking now. It might evolve into a quite different, equally or even more interesting wine in the future, but it is so hedonistic at its current phase that it is difficult to keep away. Fortunately, I have one more bottle to follow its evolvement.
Fantastic nose that intermingles complex aromas of creme de cassis, dried cherries, tobacco, old mahogany, graphite, crushed violets and worn leather. With the aromatics constantly evolving and approaching the apogee of what a Pessac should smell like, the anticipation of actually tasting this wine was almost too much to bare. Unfortunately the palate, although full and rich with plenty of structure seems to lack panache and a dynamic complexity. The wine may be shutting down. The black currant and espresso flavors along with a touch of fig toward the short-ish finish seemed to lack depth and interest. Still has good grippy tannins for an 03 and the acidity is brighter than most, but the fruit character seems fairly monochromatic and light for this to improve too much with age. I probably won't touch it for another 5-6 years and revisit it in 16' or 17' to see how everything has evolved. The aging potential is there, and the wine is truly great, but I think I caught it near its shutting down phase. Hold and revisit 2016+
I double decanted it around 1PM, put the cork back in around 5PM and drank the first glass around 7ish. This had a big wonderful Graves nose. The palate was beyond silky. Went quite well with steaks and a pleasure. I think this does a really nice job of maximizing the richness and fruit without going over the edge. This has distinct Graves flavors of tobacco, scorched earth and a strong minerality. This shows a lot of finesse and not what you might expect from 03. Rich without being heavy. Very long! Sorry I would say I'm not a modern guy but I loved this while I have pretty much alway seem to hate Ducru and Cos. ALC is 13.5% and this shows zero signs of heat. 95pts... tonight
I had the opportunity to visit this chateau this past spring. I have enjoyed many of their wines and this 2003 is no exception. Drinking quite well. Opened and poured into a decanter right away this wine is good to go. Dark fruits - blackberry and dark cherry with tobacco on the nose. The palate is similar to the nose with a touch of spice. Great balance with a healthy backbone. This wine is enjoyable now.
Single-Blind Cabernet Tasting @ Urbana (Washington, D.C.): this was an exceptional wine. the nose showed dark plums, earth, roasted coffee and bacon. dark and rich on the palate. charcoal. loam, spice and earthworms. this screams old world, but it's got a lot of richness and depth. a young wine, but its showing very well now. i have the feeling this would have the stuffing to go for another decade. after finding out it was the pape clement 03, i wasn't surprised. wanted some more, but it was all gone!!!
Blind Cabernet Tasting with the DC WLTV Forum crew (Urbana, Washington, DC): Some florals on the nose, lots of burnt pencil and earth. In the velvety mouth, chocolate cherries and plum, nice finish. Could have done with a bit more fruit, but this was tasted blind after a ton of New World Cabs, so I think I was looking for more brawn than finesse and probably didn't give this its due reflection. Went to get another try at it after the initial small pour but it was already gone...
The 4th time I've had this wine over the last year and it certainly lived up to its previous experiences. I love the nose, classic left bank, graphite, beautiful dark fruits, great texture and nice finish. A couple hours of decanting puts it right on target.
Stored in a passive cellar since purchase at room temp, decanted for 7.5 hours
Medium purple in color, no bricking and opaque
Nose: Coffee, red fruit predominate. A slight bit of green on the nose. All of the tasters of this wine went everywhere except for Graves. Seems like a good example of the 2003 high heat left bank vintage. Palate: soft tannins throughout on the front. mid and end palates. Approx 15 - 20 second finish at this point.
Will it get better? Probably. Do I have enough years to wait for it to reach its full potential? Unknown.
Dark inky red, right to the rim. Intense, powerful nose with a clear aroma of toast, backed up with rich tarry blackcurrant, toffee and spicy cedar. Delicate entry then explodes on the mid palate. Massive flavours; sweet blackcurrant and smoky cedar, fine dry tannins and a lovely lingering coca-cola character on the finish.
deep bouquet of cedar and wet soil, quite soft in the mouth, tobacco and smoke flavors, with some balanced dark fruit and a finish that lingers, very long, very tasty with ground lamb, soulful and elegant
Cloudy edge, cedar and lead pencil nose. Ripe cherry, cola and pomegranate on the palate. Firm tannins, good structure with an unfiltered texture that I found appealing. Improved with air time. A very nice wine.
A real charmer. Although this is probably not the decriptor aimed at by the producer. Lot's of toasted oak, chocolate and moccha; smooth and rich; medium long finish. Beautiful exuberant wine. The oak is a bit too much for me. Don't see this ageing well though (hopefully I'm mistaken). 90-91 pts
Surprisingly soft & approachable. Lots of coffee, chocolate. Inky, black with a long drying bitter finish. Very full flavored & bold. Atypical bordeaux at this age. Soft but has the stuffing to last, wonder about the structure for long-term aging. B++
Still a baby. The complexities changes in the glass by the second even after a 4 hr. decant. Lots going on the nose and the palate. Big fruit, stoney minerality, a little chalky, a little funk. I love this stuff. Hold off if you can because it will find itself.
Deep garnet with gray hues. Very impressive nose full of juicy red and black fruits, oak, leather and a touch of menthol. Totaly full bodied, with lot of glycerin and sweet and round tannins. Layers of black cherries, oaky vanilla, plums, blueberries and cedar. With further ageing it will be a masterpiece. Amazing wine to pair with lamb cutlets.
Wine had a strong nose of cherry, dark fruit, cedar and espresso. Mouthfeel was full, loaded with dark fruit, complex and well balanced with nice acidic structure that complimented the prominent fruit very nicely, tannins were well integrated. Tons of minerality that also showed a "wet" finish...the wine clearly displayed its Graves roots.
A beautiful nose of cedar, lead pencil, spice, chocolate and cherry. Nice textured full mouth feel with ripe aged fruit mid palate. Medium to long finish of cherry and strawberry fruit. Already drinking nicely but has the tannins to go much further.
Tried this as pondered buying more. Decanted upon arrival and then sampled and drunk over the following 2 to 2.5 hours. I can't honestly say this ever really came alive or performed. Nothing wrong with it but not giving much. Comments below about monolithic, unevolved strike me as correct. Clearly a lot of fruit and sweet tannin, but not yet lush like California nor showing the smoke that one looks for in aged Graves. I probably will not buy more, but look forward to my remaining 5 bottles years from now.
well made bordeaux, but still unevolved. dark purple to the rim. nose is still a bit monolithic, of sweet oak, with blackberry and cassis hiding behind it. sweet tannin balanced by medium acidity, and a hint of espresso, sweet fruit, and layered texture. medium to full bodied. quite youthful and less enjoyable than the 2001.
Excellent Bordeaux. Nose surprisingly understated compared to other 2003 Pape Clement that I have consumed. Overall, dark ink/purple color. Integrated tannins well balanced silky texture on the mouth with a long finish. I got mostly dark fruit with some tobacco and earthy notes. Highly recommend this vintage.
this is a classic wine which should not be overlooked at second rate. 2 bottles with kc strips at bob's; made the non wine drinker passionate with desire for more. smooth, velvety, balanced with long finish of same. this wine could make the gay straight and the straight gay! bg
Bordeaux Blind (Wine Exchange - Orange, CA): Opaque purple. Inky charred oak and dark berry aromas. Sweet dark fruit and pronounced minerality in the mouth. Comments: This wine showed well if a little over exuberant on the nose with the oak overtones. I'm sure it will settle down and give a lot of pleasure down the road. Recommended.
Burgundy vs. Bordeaux (Farpointe Cellar): A fabulous nose of smoked meat, graphite, plum, cherry, and mocha. The palate was silky smooth, with cherry liqueur, blackberry, and expresso. The finish was great.
Gourmet dinner and tasting at ProActive: Dark red, almost brown, typical of top Bordeaux 2003. Warm fruity intense smoked nose. Medium to full-bodied, dark berries, hedonistic warmth, loads of roasted coffee beans. Not my very best Bordeaux 2003, but certainly "up there". Great stuff. Rating: 94+.
Old World vs. New World (Farpointe Cellar): This was a very luscious wine. The nose had loads of blackberry and cherry, along with graphite, smoke and a touch of espresso. The palate showed cherry and smoked meat, with a bit of espresso rounding things out. The finish was wonderful.
Day 2: Bottle emptied halfway and re-corked and left for 24hrs. Medium ruby red colour. Sweet nose of blue cheese, asparagus and liquid caramel. Great mouth feel, firm tannins, but much more mellow then the previous night. Wonderfully tannic now. Flavours dominated by dark cherries with hints of pepper, tobacco and wood. Flawless transition from sweet flavours to the earthier flavours on the mid palate and finish. More smooth and polished tonight, but preferred the dirtier/earthier flavour profile from yesterday. An exceptional wine both nights.
Day 1: Opened and served right away. Medium ruby red in colour. Wonderful nose of garbage juice, tobacco and sweaty socks—by far the best nose of the 3 reds. Subtle flavours at first; almost muted. Mid palate brought flavours of burnt rubber, leather, and camp fire. Great mouth feel with an abundance of tannins. Wow. After being open for an hour, the second glass showed softened smells of tobacco and sweaty socks but also showed some sweet butterscotch and taffy. On the palate, similar flavours as the first glass, but add some dark fruit as well. While not as tannic as the Pavie or Montrose, this bottle of Clement had tons of lively tannins that lead into a 1 minute finish. Extremely well balanced.
Light, red to purple with light legs. Nose of candied fruit? cassis, menthol, eucalyptus, chocolate, tobacco. At first very un-balanced, but after leaving it out one day to breathe it came together and was balanced with the fruit coming out in spades. Taste started with nice full round flavors of plum in the front and mid palate. After the breathing Raspberry, cherry, plum, coffee, and pepper came out. Outstanding! Structure of fine velvety tannins that got softer over time. The finish was medium to medium long. I learned that I drank this wine too soon after opening. Lots of patience needed here. I will try to get more if I can for the long haul!
Served in a flight at the Wine Club SF. Opened but not decanted approximately 3 1/2 hours. Purple black in color; incredible nose of thick, sweet fruit; smooth tanins with a dry and somewhat powdery finish. This was the best wine of four wines that stood out for me. I thought that this was excellent and would not hesitate to recommend this.
Decanted for one hour. Incredibly open and lush at this stage. Huge nose full of lead pencil, tar, smoke, and black fruit. Loads of fruit on the palate, along with lots of earthy, mineral notes. Great body and texture. Big, but balanced, with a finish that just kept going and expanding. Fantastic young Bordeaux with lots of room to improve.
Muted garnet but deep – this looks like young Bordeaux! The nose has a bit of wild red berries mixed with a wonderful mineral and gravel nuance – this supports the fruit wonderfully! This is fairly classic graves – despite the vintage. Medium bodied but there is a wonderful depth of flavor. Still tight, but I think this will be just awesome. Begin drinking in 2015. (18.5+)
Very roasted coffee, but happily balanced by cedar freshness, blackberry and tobacco leaf. The palate is silky and very full bodied, certainly rich and perhaps not as refined as the Haut Bailly, but this wine shows lots of chutzpah.