Ten notes over as many years. At its best a brilliant 95 but three bottles have been flawed. Blackcurrant nose, still tannic, very good body and great length. A touch of bitterness. Other bottles have been more complex with classic graves brick dust and cedar. Drinking well and will last many years. Good luck.
Popped and slow oxed for 6 hours before dinner. Whoah this wine was rocking. Still firm on the palate after 20 years but not unforgiving. Good concentration on the palate showing tobacco, mineral, and deep black cherry fruit. Drink now or over the next 20 years. A classic Pape Clement.
Upon first opening the body was thin and watery and the bouquet was that of a public toilet. After a 1 hour decant and more time in glass the funk blew off but the fruit was one dimensional black currant and prunes. 2 hours in it began to show some layers of complexity and a touch of elegance but still nothing to brag about. I think this wine will never live up to the promise of its youth. Drink 'em if you got 'em.
Interesting to taste a 1995 that is maturing and showing more fruit and less astringency than this vintage was promising 5 years ago ! Nose beautiful blackcurrants, dark plums, tobacco, burning charcoal and liquorice. Palate medium weight but beautifully balanced with fine fruit core leading to an earth and cedar finish with fine tannins. Very good food wine.
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(Chateau Pape Clement Pessac Leognan Graves) #1; COLOR-medium; NOSE-great Old World nose; really great sour cherry coming through; little cedar and Asian spice; great classic Bordeaux nose; can tell that there's some age behind this; PALATE-has some really fantastic tannins on the back-end that are really quite subtle; a little cherry and cedar coming through; extremely elegant; this is not a big, massive wine; getting great balance and elegance; medium weight; this is so darn drinkable; CLASSIC in every fashion; just delicious; I can't get over the elegance; some subtle pencil shavings and metallic aspect; has a great finish; will easily last another 5-15 years; should evolve nicely in next 5-8 years; this wine is showing extremely well; ST-90; RP-90; WS-90; GV-91/92
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