Youthful garnet. Chocolate spice and sweet tobacco, deep red currants with a sweet tinge, some new oak. Palate is more classic and a bit angular given the vintage, with acidity and drier tannins giving way to fruits that could use a bit more intensity. Over time it develops nicely into a fine classic claret with correct acidity strong balance with tannins.
Rich, full flavored with good solid strong fruit, suave smoky oak, telltale herbal Bordeaux profile in a modern direction. This is drinking really well right now and should maintain its plateau of maturity for years. Very nice if not a profound Pape.
Dark purple color, with ruby edges. Decanted and drank over 3 hours. Initially lots of smoke and earthiness on the nose, that evolved into red and dark fruits, licorice, violets, charcoal, and espresso. Full-bodied and velvety. Sweet, round tannins. Medium-long finish with lingering acidity. Still quite young, this wine is still drinking well right now. That said, this wine should improve as the tertiary aromas develop further. There is still good balance here. Very good for the vintage.
This was good upon opening and got better over 3 hours. It has a strong pure dark fruit nose with no excess alcohol. It had crimson color with only slight lightening at the edges. Large scaled dark fruits and nice complexity. The tannins are mild and well integrated at this stage. The finish is medium to long in length. This will last, but it depends on how you like your fruit. I wish all off years developed so nicely.
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(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) This is lovely. A firm, classic, gravelly, perfumed wine, with a little spiced fruit. Full, textured, creamy with a soft grip. Gentle but firm, velvety, with a lovely fresh balance. Lovely potential.
(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) This is stylish, a serious nose, nutty but restrained, gravelly, minerally and slightly perfumed. A lovely presence on the palate, fresh and precise, with a fine balance. Broad and yet elegant, with a lovely concentration too. I think this is lovely and brimming with potential.
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