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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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%.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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+