2005 Bordeaux Retrospective (Morrell Wine, 1 Rockefeller Plaza): The nose showed dark, intense fruit with savory herbs, spice, savory brown sauce, sweet balsamic tones and spicy floral notes. On the palate, it was supple and smooth with noticeable weight to its dark spiced fruit, plum, espresso, stone and minerals; turning more savory-spice over time. The intensity continued into the finish with dark fruits and balsamic tones lingering long.
Drank as part of annual "Lost Friday" 13 course lunch. Served in flight with two Haut Brion - '64 and '86. IMO the '64 was over the hill and one dimensional, the '86 was great, but the Pape Clement was the best of the three, and will be great for another 10 years. Great black fruit and great balance. Want more!! Paired with Northstar Bison tenderloin. Yum.
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(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.
(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)
(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.
(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
(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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