Poured into decanter and drank over two hours. Excellent cork. Dark garnet with thin translucent rim. Pretty nose with sous bois, earth and sweet dark fruit. On the palate initially a bit austere with dark fruit, plenty of earth, coffee and even some iron. Later the wine mellows and is increasingly dominated by leather. Fine to medium tannins. Medium (+) finish. Nice but would not wait much longer as the fruit is about to fade behind those leather and tobacco notes. Just like Pape 95 and 96, this does not seem to be built for the very long haul. 91-92
I seem to have liked this wine more each year for the last 4-5yrs. This is now in prime drinking window, but will easily hold for 10+yrs. A gorgeous thick tobacco, truffle and sweet blackberry nose, some signs of slight fading, but plenty of dense fruit and tannin left. Acidity is discrete, but there - providing excellent balance. Heavy and hedonistic body, framed with the sense this has enjoyed lots of expensive oak, with with black fruit and dark cholocate taste and a lovely rich lingering plum and spice finish. Requires a 1hr double-decant now (from 375ml), after which it will open quickly in the glass. Note this would perform poorly in tastings or pop n pours... there's a funky smell that needs to blow off.
Au début je crains les Bretts au nez mais ça disparaît rapidement dans le verre. A toutefois besoin de beaucoup d'air pour déployer ses ailes et la prochaine fois je le caraferais quelques heures plutôt que de le servir à brûle-pourpoint. À la fin de la soirée, on est face à un très beau vin, avec assez de charpente pour tenir la route plusieurs années - un bel équilibre entre le fruit encore croquant et quelques notes de feuille de tabac, de terre. Pas de note oxydative.
This was very impressive nouvelle vague Bordeaux. Modern smokey aromas of coffee, vanilla, cedar infused blueberries, cassis, plums. A medium to full bodied spectacular and stately palate with wonderful heft and nuance, some elegance, highish oak and a very long high quality finish.
Non carafé. Mid neck. Couleur grenat avec traces brique, un peu terne. Beau nez sur les arômes de fumée, d'âtre froid, une touche d'écurie. En bouche, légèrement inférieure au nez, le vin ne se livre pas trop, un peu austère, acidité bien marquée. Finit sur une longueur moyenne. A revoir, j'attendais plus de ce vin en bouteille.
This Pape Clement shows great mineral reflecting a wine from Pessac-Leognon. The wine is ruby red and rim is very small. Very expressive at nose with saltiness (like ham). Minimal amount of tannin left and a bit alcoholic. It improves with half an hour decanting in bottle. On palate mineral is still dominating and fruit is sufficient. Rather medium-bodied with high intensity, acidity is beautifully balancing the body. Smooth texture. Drink well now
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.
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).
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.
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.
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...
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.
"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.
Deep ruby. The nose just soared from the glass. My buddy could smell it walking up the sidewalk to our outdoor table as it sat in the decanter. Saddle leather, tobacco, cedar, earth and smoke. Palate simply sublime with truffle, earth and smoke. Similar profile to the 2001 drunk a couple of months ago but with everything dialled down just a bit. A wonderful bottle!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - Pessac-Léognan Commune Event (Bishop's): Medium ruby with hints of bricking near the rim. Rich nose is someone what restrained (especially when compared to the ’03) but offers notes of plums, leather and traces of well integrated of toasty oak. Soft on the entry with more dark fruits but then spice and tobacco round out the balanced yet powerful finish. Overall this falls closer to the classic style of the ’01 over the modern style of the ’03. This is drinking very well but absolutely no rush. Excellent.
Color starting to brick. Smokey nose. Lots of grip remaining though silky tannins, however fruit is starting to fade somewhat. I would say has arrived at maturity and should be drunk.
Robe tournant vers la brique sur le disque. Encore beaucoup de puissance restant au travers de tannins soyeux, mais le fruit commence à s'évaporer quelque peu. Je dirais que ce vin est arrivé à maturité et devrait être bu dans les années à venir.
Fine nose of game, smoke, and dark fruits followed by similar flavor notes including licorice. Good length, which improved with time, but not expansive. Imagined and waited for a bit more. Very pleasant overall.
Leo's Blind Tasting Group - May '10 edition (Ben's): More funky and rustic than the others in the flight; there's a bit of brett in the aromatics with leathery and saddle sweat scents in between the deep fruited, smoky and faintly herbal flavours. A powerhouse in the mouth; dense and broad with a glossy, polished texture that makes it very easy to drink, really delicious stuff.
Definitive Bordeaux (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): A beautiful cowgirl, with slightly sweated chaps, fell asleep in a sage garden...... Now that's a start. Most thought this would get better with time, but not be as long-term as the other vintages in the flight. Bright acidity on a cola nose, with ripe, young fruit and dusty tannins, definitely the most barnyard of the quartet. Noting dark fruit on the palate, with a hint of blood, baking chocolate, some cinnamon, Big Red, mushroom, wild rice, balsamic vinaigrette, and, yes, sage, the tasters thought this very good and smooth, but needed 5-10 years and would not be as long term as the other vintages. Just a dozen years old now, to hit stride at twenty, fall off at 25: seems very catholic, dreaming of a cowgirl.
Elegant and complex bouquet. Red as well as black fruits. Toasted oak in a beautiful way. Smoky. The tannin is still powerful and beautifully soft at the same time. Long finish. The wine really needed some time to open up. I guess it will improve the next 3+ years.
dark purpple red, color is dull rather than vibrant. Nose is to the New Worl side of Bdx, but not in an oak presence way, moreso primary in the fruit drven aromas, and bit less on teh Bdx herbally type aromas. Clearlyu still a Bdx nose, but the new world aspect is pronoounced. Palate is mid-weight, still with noticeable acidity, but had great curranty, quite minerally flavorrs. Quite nice, but not for the faint of heart, one must enjoy a mineral driven wine, which I do. Medium finish. The wine, while enjoybanle to drink now with a steak, will improve for several years. Not at it's peak yet. Nice wine.
From Jo of Farr, dark colored with lovely nose of tobacco, black fruits, earth. The palate is nice black currents, coffee, tobacco and a graval cold minerals taste finished is long, love this wine for it balance on the palate, great potential of aging. Even it's so delicious now, I would see this a greater wine in 5-10 years time.
very dark near black red-purple. Hints of secondary aromatic development, but mostly still primary fruit aromas. Currents, cassis, mineral scents predominate. Tannins are softered, and the wine is quite drinkable now. Palate weight is on teh fullish side of medium. Good balance, will go for years. Really enjoyable with a grilled steak, but will improve.
I did like the wine, but not in line with what all expert ratings indicated. Indeed, a decent wine, but for 1/2 the price I much prefer the Grand Mayne 1998. Lovely nose in the glass, but not the gorgeous aftertaste of the 2003 Pape Clement.
I can't believe how much this has calmed down since release, when it was a Scorched Earth Monster. Now the fruit is a pale red in profile, almost mellow, and while it still has a healthy dose of oak toast it's now more of an accent than the main attraction, but there isn't any main attraction.
A bit edgy right after popping and pouring, mellowed down after half an hour in the glass. Lovely nose of sweet dark fruit, tobacco and a hit of leather and tar on the palate. Nice bottle, but it is still far away from it's plateau.
Drunk over dinner at The Wolseley. Opened and decanted approx 30 mins before serving. Lovely nose of soft, dark fruits (plums) and tobacco. Very smooth entry and nice medium bodied mid palate. Tannins were still a little spikey on the finish but all in all very nice right now though not as sexy as the 98 Angelus tried recently.
Dense color, still little evolution. Very nicely integrated, but good remaining power. Was less 'silky' than last time, maybe a little 'dip' on the evolution curve (or a slightly corked bottle?).
Robe dense, toujours peu d'évolution. Très belle intégration, avec de la puissance tannique en réserve. Un peu moins soyeux que dans mes souvenirs d'il y a quelques mois: peut-être un petit 'creux' sur la courbe d'évolution (ou une bouteille légèrement bouchonnée?).
Best bottle I've had of this yet. Starting to take on some real Graves-like character--smoky, tobacco, black currants and a hint of burnt caramel. Drank over 2 days, very enjoyable both times. Seemed more developed on day 2. Seamless, silky, long finish, probably just entering maturity. Great wine!
Haut-Bailly & Pape Clément (Compass): This one was open and ready to go. Lots of plush, round dark fruit mixed with a bit of dark chocolate and a ton of licorice. Full in the mouth and bordering on heavy, it has decent concentration but is a little short on focus. The tannins are fine and the acidity merely adequate. A really juicy, chewy, fairly simple wine that has a nice "please like me" personality. I don't think it's going anywhere for a while but it certainly is enjoyable now.
Opens with a touch of brett, classy blackcurrant, graphite, tobacco and a touch of freshly mowed grass. Very focused on the palate. The finish initially shows very acid driven, almost steely. Over 4-5 hours this opened nicely with the fruit adding a sweeter edge, saddle leather and a touch of green tobacco leaf. Enjoyable now but 3-4 more years will bring improvement.
Initially tight, it blossomed into a rich and stylish wine with no hard edges whatsoever. The nose was of sandlewood and dark fruits. Very focused on the palate, silky, silky texture, dark fruits, earthy, some tar. Clean, wonderful, long finish. Obviously a modern style, just delicious! Should drink well for some time.
horrible showing for this wine. Very little going on aromatically, prickly tannins and a muted finish. Im wondering if this was an affected bottle or if we have entered a funky phase. Revisit in 5 yrs.
Dense color, little evolution. Very smooth, fantastic equilibrium. Not a powerhouse, but a lot of class and refinement. Good length. Curious to see how this evolves.
Robe sombre et dense, avec peu de traces d'évolution. Superbement intégré, équilibre fantastique. Pas un monstre de puissance, plutôt de la classe et du raffinement. Belle longeur. Je suis curieux de voir comment ce vin va évoluer.
Bright disc. Opaque ruby with red rim. Intense nose of coffee, cola, plum, currants and wood. Medium-bodied on the palate, with ample but well-integrated tannins and similar flavors as nose. Long, slightly tannic finish. This wine is already quite complex, and is lovely!