The wine possesses an intense nose of pure black current with a leathery background. This continues through to the palate where it collides with rounded tannins and a decent finish. The finish is very tannic and perhaps not to everybody's taste. This is drinking very well and still in evolution, but whether it lives up to the wonderful 1990 is to be seen.
Robe grenat avec frange aux nuances orangées. Bouquet aux notes de cèdre, fumée, cuir. Notes de sureau, ronce, cuir, bouche ciselée, texture caressante, magnifique vin. À boire idéalement en méditation ou dégustation car déjà très évolué, tout plat risquant d'en masquer sa beauté 95/100
This wine shows an extremely luxurious bouquet with cedar, cigar box, beautifully toasted oak, tobacco, cassis, dark forest fruits and rustic flavors. On the palate dark berry fruits, black olives, salty licorice, luxurious oak beautiful acidity and tannin. One of the best wines so far in this tasting.
Decidedly medium-bodied style and a lot different than other '96 Bordeaux I have tasted. Tertiary notes of Chinese tea leaves, smoke, very round tannins with a nice backbone of currant flavors. This paired extremely well with Chinese pork we had for dinner.
Classic and mature this drank like a gem, the best of the last four bottles of this wine over past few years. Inky purple, elegantly structured, blackberry and currant, spice, and roasted coffee that linger luxuriously on nose and mouth. Cedar, tobacco, lead pencil, earth, and sweet cedar. Velvet smooth tannins with a history that take you to a far away terroir and a mouth feel somewhere between glorious and gallant.
Fully mature, with a smoky, thyme, earth, lit cigar, leafy forest and cassis filled nose. There is a slight sense of rusticity on the medium bodied, palate that alternates between fresh cassis and cranberry fruits in the finish. I'd probably opt for drinking this sooner than later.
Wineberserker's offline: Tartufo Bianco (San Carlos, CA): Deep ruby without bricking; nose is aromatic, huge pyrazines with bell pepper, spices, underlying black fruits; palate is full bodied, ripe black fruit, alcohol seems just slightly high, pyrazines are interesting but a bit too prominent; finish is medium-long. 90-92
Double decanted .....The nose explodes from the glass,revealing scents of jammy black and red fruits,smoke,truffle,tobacco,leather,faded rose ..... very beautiful ! Medium bodied,the palate is very well balanced,fresh and sappy,with very good lenght and complexity ! Potential for at least another 10-15 years.....Excellent !
Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours in the glass. Garnet with a light brick. This was just rocking right out the gate; textbook Bordeaux here. An expressive nose of black currant, earth, tobacco, undergrowth, leather, horse stable, cedar and mint. On the palate, medium acidity, mostly resolved tannin. Finish is moderate plus in length, framed by tastes of blackcurrant, plum, earth, leather and light pyrazine notes, showing just a touch of grip on the finish. This was lovely.
1996 Horizontal Tasting (David's House - Kitchener, ON): Polished....but still a bit of brett....which I love...wow. Pure dark fruit, cedar, leather, burning ember, briar, flowers, cassis and pyrazene. The palate has such pure polished blackfruit with cedar, leather, campfire, flowers cassis, pyrazene and ember also in the mix...then comes the brett again....a little earth, poop and shit...which is awesome and adds further complexity. Finish is medium+ and quite complex.
The Wine Nerds do Christmas Dinner (Dave' Place - Kitchener, ON Canada): This was the surprise of the night for me. Excellent showing. A core of very pure ripe (still quite primary) fruit is balanced against a wonderfully rustic earthy note with that pleasant touch of Brett. Quite a contrast to the Smith Haut Lafitte. Nose is of plum, sweet cassis, charcoal, cedar, wet hay, horse stable, mint, truffle and sweet old leather. The palate has just a kiss of low dusty tannin with good acid. There is wonderfully enveloping plush dark plummy fruit that caresses the palate not unlike a great right bank Bordeaux. The finish is medium plus in length carried on a charred plum note.
A lot of mineral and earth like other wines from Grave. It was my least favorite comparing with 89 and 94 cos estournel, 83 leoville las case, and 86 leoville barton. It does not have the power that a decent vintage 96 should have
What a nose....Smoke,tobacco,sweet red cherry fruit (Maraschino liqueur),faded roses,wet earth and graphite.Very good balance,great freshness,deep,velvety and polished tannins,excellent lenght ! This is old school !
Much different showing than the last bottle of the 96 that we drank, thankfully. Royal purple, medium bodied, pleasant from starting sip to finish. Lovely aromatics of blue and black currant, spice, sweet cedar and roasted coffee. Integrated tannins and balanced and mouth feel is delicious.
Decanted for an hour, the in the glass, skunky nose blew away, but the fruit needed more air to reveal itself. An interesting, but austere wine that showed cedar, tobacco, lead pencil and earth. Mouthful became more and more interesting with time in the glass, interesting and classical are operative, delicious no, enjoyable yes.
Nice ripeness, sweetness, tobacco. Creamy texture. Long finale.
Addition: I always try to save a third of the bottle to study the life cycle of a wine after opening the bottle. This one got a lot better after some hours (in the end even somewhere around 94-95). Unlike some new Pape Clement (all postmodern high-tech wines that are perfect in the beginning and then fade away), the older ones obviously have a more typical life cycle.
This bottle seemed quite closed to start with. Extremely charming nose but initially the taste was very reserved. Did not decant. Over time it started opening and revealed its potential. Wonderful melange of Black currant, strawberries, liquorice, pepper, chocolate and the classic graphite. Good integrated tannins. A very good drink now with some food and will probably remain like this for years.
2.5 years later & ow consumed in Saigon w chicken dinner. I think these are to be drunk now. At least my bottle... decidly dying after a few hours opned bottle. Did not decant.
Stinky cheese nose, really nice. Dirty dirty French wine she is. Some green notes, tobacco, tea, then a realy greenish finish. Tight cheery notes, some nice wood in there, herb... lingers. A bit sour green for my palate, dry. Balanced, tannins integrated & not enough fruit there for me to believe this will be nicer, just more green.
Decanted and then drank. Needed more time. Surprising given its age. Drank over a two hour dinner and showed its stuff last 45 min. A little austere and not as rewarding as the 1990. Front and middle good finish shorter . I think this has another decade or more.
took a while to open - despite its age lacking in the evolution and complexity we hoped for. Not a disappointment - will wait a while on the other two we have as I think this may have more life than the 2015 date below. consumed about two thirds at dinner with salmon, and with chicken scarpariello, and then the rest at home - the third that made it home, now open after 4 hours, was by far the most rewarding
Purchased en primeur - tried it 2 years ago and it was a bit lean and ungiving, however it is now starting to talk; Colour is still dark to the rim, hot brick earthy nose with plenty of refreshing acidity, wine needed an hour in the glass to open up. Palate has silky fruit I associate with Cru Classe status, and there is a slightly green '1996' note on middle palate, tannins are still quite hard - I think this is the signature of the vintage and they are unlikely to fade. Now that the fruit is fleshing up and covering the tannins it looks like a good time to start drinking this. Attractive classical claret.
„One Wine - Three Vintages“-Blind Tasting. Flight 7: Château Pape Clément. We tasted 1989, 1996 and 2002. One of my two favourite flights of the night (together with the impressive flight of Joseph Phelps Insignia) and the only flight I was unable to refrain from drinking. The three wines shared a sooty and smoky nose. The medium-bodied 1989 was my favourite wine of the flight and probably also of the night. It offered a smoky and “green” palate (in a positive sense), with bacon fat, bell pepper and ultra-fine tannin. The wine was impeccably balanced and silky and drank younger than the 1996. A truly great Bordeaux. I liked it a lot! The solid 1996 offered sweet fruit and bell pepper on the palate, with fully integrated tannin, good balance and a slightly bitter finish. It drank well, but will probably be less long-lived than the 1989. The decent 2002 was medium-bodied, chocolaty and very balanced. To me overall the weakest wine of the strong flight and the question if the change of ownership did do the Château well crossed my mind. Overall an impressive flight of Château Pape Clément. I would drink the 1989 and the 1996 now (and even buy a case of the 1989 if I could find one), and cellar the 2002 for another two to three years.
The wine is drinking very nicely and really quite traditional relative to PC as made today. Graphite, cedar and a bit of Band-Aid on the finish, but all in all very pleasant and smooth with the tannins well in check and mostly resolved. Some fruit but not a great deal. This will go plenty more years although not sure how much better if at all it becomes. It's a bit austere and can't say I got either the lush fruit or excess oak noted by others
Third bottle from case, youthfull extracted appearance, nice earthy notes on nose and palate, but vegetal notes and curious mid palate, though last glass was the best, frankly confused, my first bottle was attractive but the other two have been decidedly odd - a phase or over-extracted and cracking up, the jury's out.. At best very good (16/20).
mature Bordeaux wine evening (Wine-Bar, Nahalat Binyamin, TLV): dark red-brwon with amber rim. expressive nose of rich black cherry and dark fruits with a good amount of lead pencil, black pepper, tobacco, mint, and charred oak. however lean fruits showing red cherries, tart raspberries, lead pencil shavings, black pepper spice, licorice, and some smokey oak. the crisp acidity is balanced by a moderate amount of round tannins. long ending on notes of red cherries. though not very complex, the balance is there. it will continue to improve and should be given at least a couple more years of bottle age. very enjoyable.
After the excellent 95 Pape the other day, I was curious to dry the 96. 60 min decant and followed over 5h. Garnet with a very thin transparent rim. Beautiful nose with earth, dark fruit, some toasted oak, crispy bacon and animal notes. The palate does not entirely measure up to the nose, and lets the wine also fall slightly behind the great 95 in my eyes. Palate seems a little watered down. After about 2h in the decanter there are fine tannins appearing on the mid-palate and the medium finish. Would think one can still wait for a year or two for the tannins to further soften, on the other hand the last drops of the wine 5h after opening were slightly oxidized, so don't hold too long...
Traditional cedar and dried currants nose. The fruit is a bit lean, never captivating or complex. A nice, stately Bordeaux with all the trimming of the mature wine, yet would happily trade this for an '06 Brunello.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - Gala Dinner (Fairmont Pacific Rim): Pronounced nose right off the bat here with lots of charred oak, smoke, poop, lead pencil and dark red and black fruits. Just a really lovely nose. On the palate this had classic Bordeaux structure with a good amount of dusty tannins and solid acidity. Deep red fruit flavours with a fairly length smoky finish. A classy wine that’s approachable, but should continue to improve and develop for many years. Excellent. 91+
Commanderie de Bordeaux: Gala Dinner (Fairmont Pacific Rim - Vancouver, BC): Fantastic expressive nose displaying rich black cherry and dark fruits, along with a a good amount of lead pencil, black pepper, tobacco, mint, and charred oak. The fruit starts to lean a bit more towards the red side on the palate showing red cherries, tart raspberries, lead pencil shavings, black pepper spice, licorice, and more smokey oak. Generous crisp acidity is balanced by a moderate amount of sandy tannins. Long length finish ending on notes of black licorice and red cherries. Although not stuffed with complexity, the balance is there and this is just coming together and entering it's drinking window. This will continue to improve and should be given at least a couple more years of bottle age. Very good.
Drank at Napa Men's Lunch Club. Lighter red color than the La Sizeranne. Similar but less bricking at the edge. Cigar box, cedar on the nose. Palate is smooooth and has notes of tobacco, red fruit and pencil lead emerges over the hour I drank my glass. Very nice finish.
pleasant nose of cherries, strawberries (!!) and typical graves hint of tobacco and earthy mushroom flavour, still a bit of tannins on the palate but the mud-like flavour is more distinct when swallowed. good depth of the wine which is enjoyable immediately after pulling the cork. Nice wine which I greedily downed all of it myself
Leiden tasting January 2012: Sweet earthy nose with black fruit, tobacco, pencil lead. Mature velvety taste, tarty black and red fruit, plums, round tannins, medium finish. Very good, traditional Bordeaux.
Very nice bouquet with a mix of tobacco, herbs, earthy gravel, soy sauce and consistently showed up on the palate as well - sweet tobacco, mocha, currants, plummy and hint of saltiness & spice at the back as well. Good balance, structure and certainly very attractive now. It has a savory and mouth-watering acid finish.
2011 Simple Series X: Mark in town (Asia Grand @ Odeon Tower): Alcohol : 13% Almost everyone catched this as a Pessac Leognan. Lots of soil, gravel, scotched earth on the highly perfume bouquet along with tobacco, black cherry, peppery spice and green capsicum, so Claret! This has very good harmonious and complexity as well as purity on the palate. Expansive yet with the restraint of a classic claret. Very fresh with firm acid and fine tannin grip but all the element is well balance and integrated. A little bit edgy, but overall I really enjoy this compared to the recently highly extracted and opulent version. The finish is really juicy and sappy with bitter sweet cocoa. Real good wine.
2011 Simple Series VIII: Dinner with Mark Roberson of Goedhuis (again) (Asia Grand, Odeon Towers): Very nice without quite being great, but I did think it was just a bit better than the last bottle I had. This had a glorious nose - sweet and fragrant, with subtle tobacco notes, sweet spices, plums and dark cherries seasoned with toasty hints. Really nice. This could have been a 1998 right-bank on the nose. The palate swung my guess to a 1996 Graves though. It had the beautiful fresh balance of the the vintage, and although it did not quite have the depth of say the best 1996 Pauillacs or St Juliens, it showed lovely pure flavours of cassis and black cherries. These were sprinkled with bits of spice and tobacco smoke wrapped in really fine tannins. The finish was neither the longest nor the most powerful, but it was very yummy. Good enough when first poured, it got better after a short 15 minutes in the glass; while still a bit plush and quite modern with a touch of oak at first, it opened up a bit to reveal a more classic layer of Bordeaux flavours with time. Already more rounded, integrated and together than a bottle popped two years ago, I would say that this was actually not a bad time to drink this. However, it should be even better in another 3-4.
Did not nose and taste much like a Graves to me especially with the seemingly high Cab Sauv concentration. Green tobacco notes but admittedly rather fragrant in a classic Bordeaux way. Nice, can't really find fault with it except it's not exactly my favorite style.
Did not gave this enough time to breath, we finnished the 97 Spress and realized we needed more wine. Initially closed and only leather+earth, one hour later better and should have decanted this for 2 hours first, rating should be higher if we have more time.
Opened three hours before, and decanted one before, drinking. A very good idea. At first blush (on opening, green twigs, and rather acidity. But that dissipated, and the tannins smoothed out, to reveal a nice cherry note (but not a fruit bomb) with still strong acid line and a long, slightly spicy (peppery) finish. A nice bottle, and better than the 97 that we paired with it.
Drank w Rob at Independence Day, Bistecca. Insane Beef Extravagance. Nice French nose. All in balance, if fruit a little light than I prefer. Not much match to the dry aged Dolminicos, but they held up to the Cali Cab. This had some nice secondary flavors going, just was a bit lacking. A bit too understated.
Great bottle. Fabulously complex, deep and full nose of classic Graves earth, cedar and mineral. Palate follows the nose with strong body. Just a touch of drying tannins which will possibly outlive the fruit. In a great place to open now, but still a good decade in it. Overall, this is a real step up in class, approaching first growth territory. Very good QPR.
Three years since I tried this wine , decanted 2 hours, still youthful appearance but lovely cedary bouquet, plenty of fruit on the palate & softening tannins. Overall a beautiful claret and now drinking well. WIll keep further.
Nose: meaty gravy with herbs, cedar, spice, woody forest fruit and vanilla Mouth: Bramble, blackcurrant, very savoury not unripe just not sweet fruit. Silky tannins, some nutmeg and cloves. Medium long chocolate finish after woody vanilla tones. Very nice indeed.
1996 left-bank Bordeaux tasting with lots more (Richfield, Lam Soon Building, Singapore): This was clearly the Pape Clement. A bit closed at first, but the nose opened up to show modern stylings of coffee, coconut and varnished wood riding above more classic Graves notes of mushroom, earth, boiled herbs and just the tiniest tiniest whiff of sweet flowers. Palate was mellow and gentle and rather plush, with slightly bitterish herbs and spice adding interest to polished cassis tones. A liitle short on power in the finish, but that was made up for in charm - closing off with gentle berry and cherry notes and a nice lingering spiceness.
This blossomed into a very nice bottle of wine for Easter after 1.5 to 2 hours before dinner and about 1 hour into dinner. For Sue, a bit too much barnyard, but I of course enjoyed that. This wine is in a good spot, if you like this sort of wine, and I don't expect it to get better with time, but not declining either. This was PLCB so always a risk that this compromised its longevity, but I was very happy and drank far too much. Not a lot of fruit or ripeness on the nose and this is before Magrez ramped things up. I thought it was plenty ripe and the tannins nicely resolved and still a fairly dark ruby in color.
Definitely from Graves. Not much fruit, either on the nose, or on the palate. Lots of mineral and earthiness, but a nice smooth texture. Well integrated tannins with about 2 hours decanting. Very commendable for its style, but just seems to be lacking a bit of fruit to have a great balance. 90.
Popped and poured to celebrate the UW Husky's first Pac10 mens Basket ball title!
Lots of plummy fruits with a deep core of tannin. The nose offers an inticing panapoly of spices and currant; I really enjoyed sniffing the glass and savoring all the flavors. Enough punch to last another night in the bottle, drink at your leisure.
Selected off the wine list at The Left Bank (Vail) and decanted expertly by the waitstaff. Purple hue with some lightening at the edges. Nose was full and effusive from the start, showing scents of cassis, mulberry, plum, and leather, with hints of tobacco and eucalyptus. The palate was seamless and elegant on the attack, then presented layers of plum, mullberry, black current, and earth. The mix of structure and hedonistic fruit was extremely satisfying, and a long finish capped each sip. Wonderful wine, and flying below radar at that.
Great concentration. Full bodied, with only the slighest bricking at the edges.
On the nose, the wine presents loads of blackcurrant & spices & plums. On the palate, this dense wine offers up more black currants, coffee, smokiness and blackraspberry notes. Plenty of structure and a finish that just goes on and on.
Fabulously rich nose of cassis and tobacco. Nice full fruit in the mouth with good underlying spice and tannins. The finish is firm, slightly austere, and very long. This wine makes a great dinner companion now, but will improve further.
SFWS tasting of 1996 Vintgae Wines; MF colour, no browning. Classic cedary complex nose, veryy attractive. Well balanced on the palate, good fruit & structure. Complex flavours. Keep. Glad I have more in the cellar.
SOBER (fka TWITS) Tasting (Mark's house): Nose of barnyard and leather. On the palate, this is a lovely balanced wine with great fruit, elegant tannins, and good acids. Blackberry and spice notes (cinnamon), along with some barnyard notes. Really beauitful. My WOTF. Drinking by far the best of the flight currently although the Leoville Barton might give it a run for the money in a few years.
First look at this Pape. Beautiful nose right out of the gates, with sweet tobacco, smoke, blackcurrents. On the palate the wine has a lush mouthfeel, with some fine tannins still present. The wine is perhaps 3 years away from full maturity. I think it could get a couple more points if it keeps filling out.
Much better on night 2. Night one was tannic and a little closed. Night two showed classic bordeaux profile in the nose and palate while tannin had given away some. Night one was not bad, I would just not suggest killing another one of these for a while as it will no doubt improve.
Still very dark ruby. Very interesting, albeit a bit passive, nose. Seems still closed and almost a bit reduced right now. Only hints of currants, tobacco, hot earth, tar, and mocha. On the balate, a rather big wine with a solid structure, but it's closed on the palate too. Contrary to many 96 BDX, this will need more time in the cellar, at least for me. Impressively long finish, but the tannins will have to integrate a bit more to make this an enjoyable wine. Yet I am sure it will be great in 5 to 10 years from now.
Outstanding on this night. I am surprised that a 1996 Bordeaux is drinking this well this young. Cedar box and tobacco on the nose. Secondary flavor profile already showing up, tannins are soft and sweet… Very elegant mouthful of wine that has excellence length…a fine food wine, I had it with beef short-ribs as Pomme′ restaurant in Clayton.
Dark red colour, nearly opaque. Scents of tobacco, pencil shavings and dried fruits. Large bodied with plenty of power and ripe tannin, great structure and definition and a sweet and dense core of fruit and flavour. Superbly integrated elements with a well-structured composition of components, and a long, balanced aftertaste. Still a wine in it's youth but no slouch at that, and beginning to open up. Very nice.
Not decanted, consumed over a period of 3 hours. Deep purple with a thin clear rim in the glass. Found a nose of dark sweet fruit, with a touch of spice. In the mouth nice ripe fruit, blueberry, current and plum, with a lingering spice in the finish. Good balance and with fine sweet tannins rounding out the structure. Approachable, almost velvety, now, however, a couple of years will really smooth this out more.
Portfolio Ref # BDX C2 Setting: Study Group / Bests at Paul Farrell's Appearance: bright, medium+ intensity garnet core with slight gradation Nose: vanilla, blueberry, butter, smoky tobacco and cedar notes Palate: dry, velvety, blueberry, anise & leather, higher acid level and tannins, medium+ body and medium-long finish, very well balanced Comments: can still age
The very distinctive pear scents on the nose are very characteristic. Ian posed the question whether that would be Sauvignon or Semillion notes. Maybe someone on the board's got the answer. At any rate, the wine displayed a nice full yellow-greenish colour. Very floral and fresh. I like the good, clean acidity, without astringency, and this wine conveyed that perfectly. A medium bodied, medium-scaled wine with great definition and good length. Will last another 10-15 years.