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Community Tasting Notes (71) Avg Score: 94.0 points

  • Nose: gorgeous blackberry, leather, cedar and dried cherry notes. Layered nose that was more modern but screamed pessac. Palate: enters with juicy blackberry and black cherry notes, nuances of Cedar, leather, smoke. Midpalate begins to show mineralogy and a coffee note. Finish: lots of length with slight lyrics roasted fruit notes and a bit of heat, but overall a detailed lingering finish.

    This was from 375 and needed a good hour in the decanter. I'll revisit this at maturity... the accusations of over oaking seem a bit aggressive here.

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  • Pape Clement 2005 is packed with heft! It is dense, rich, complex, and has pillars for legs and will only get stronger and better in flavor. It is drinking fantastic now, and can bring an ass whooping onto many other YOUTHFUL first growth wines from GREAT VINTAGES. The wine is very well balanced, seamless, and hard to pick apart. All the elements make a collectively lively, fresh, cedar, chocolate, and damp earth driven Bordeaux with a very long, caressing finish. Its not cheap, but its worth the price if you love serious bordeaux. This is a SERIOUS wine at a fair price in the awfully serious market. Drink or HOLD

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  • To be honest, I was a bit stumped by this one in light of a general chorus of bravos from the pros. Half bottle drank without food. Rich and sweet dark fruits on the nose and a slight hint of (curried?!) spices. I found it nice enough but a bit sawdusty on the palate with some undeveloped tannins and largely underwhelming (vis a vis many of the pro reports). Long oaky butch finish but fruit seems a bit choked here. I know others have commented on overoaking. Would leave in the bottle for a while.

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  • Dark black purple. Decanted for an hour but still oaky and tannic. On day 2, the tannins were subdued and it was much better integrated. It has characteristic iron notes but is quite ripe and approachable now. I think this wine is best now and for another 5 years, but not as a long term cellar candidate.

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  • Minerals, gravels. Balance, silky and full bodied. Extremely long finishing over 45s. very enjoyable, great wine!

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    2005 Bordeaux with Tanzer & Galloni (Nov 2015), 11/1/2015, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) A nose dominated by oak here, fine and well polished, although there is an impressive layer of fruit hiding behind it as well. Aromatic, fresh and rich, with notes of loganberry and dark cherry. A brilliant palate, pure with seamless fruit. There is a huge envelope of oak around it at present but this merely needs time. Very grippy finish, the tannins showing here, but it has balancing fruit for the structure throughout the palate. This will need a long rest in the cellar. Although massive, still very lifted and bright. Wonderful.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Pape Clément) Rich dark red violet color; lovely big cassis and blackberry nose; tasty cassis, with sweet tannins, minerality and good acidity; medium finish (55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon)


  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) The nose here is dense and a little reticent, but what character it shows today is dark, dense, meaty and concentrated. Simply lovely style on the palate, pure and seamless yet obviously heavily stuffed. Nevertheless it does have a textured, plush, mouth-filling and perhaps rather soft style which covers the tannins nicely. Broad but well directed. Good grip underneath it all. This has a very impressive style which has great potential.

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Super Tasting Results Show., Episode #106, 10/12/2006, (See more on Wine Library TV...) 93 points

    (CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT) #3; COLOR-as dark as any wine EVER on WLTV; NOSE-black cherry, cassis, musty, bat cave; TASTE-classic bordeaux, amazing complexity & richness, big wine, black pepper, white truffle, obvious cherry cola, long finish, charred oak; RP-96/100; GV-94


  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18-19 points

    (Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) CS 45%, M 55%. A really dense colour here, outclassing just about every other wine here. A lovely, lifted, red fruit nose. Simply divine style here, with notes of white flower petals too. This presents a caressing, rounded texture on the palate, but with an elegant style. Rather a masculine feel to the tannins, which are ripe but very firm and solid. This is very well structured, not over-extracted, complex and very fine. Lovely finish. This has just bags of potential.

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