Decanted for two hours and drank like a twenty year old wine. This complex, sweet forest floor, fall smoke, licorice, sweet tannin beauty showed excellent and richly diverse fruit- currant, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, black cherry. Classic in structure and mouth feel, the aromatics of licorice, earth, spice, and cedar this textured delight was quite a surprise and buried the 2005 on this evening.
Seemed a bit richer and rounder on the palate than my last bottle 10 months ago. Enjoyable Bordeaux but certainly not a remarkable Pape Clement, and at $80-90 not the great value the 2004 vintage can be. Similar / better quality can be found at half the price in this vintage (e.g. 2004 Smith Haut Lafitte, 2004 Leoville Barton etc).
needs 4-6 hours of decanting before it is even approachable, after which the nose does open a bit and starts to show a bit of cassis and dark fruit. the tannins do soften on the pallet, unfortunately the nose does not carry over, a bit flat. from here forward I don't believe the product justifies the price. The wine would be an ok Bordeaux at $16-22
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(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) On this tasting there is little to be found on the nose here; there is ripe fruit, but to me this seems to be closing down. The palate is rather restrained, dense but well focused, and the oak seems to have integrated well here. There is a very serious tone to it, with well defined substance and texture, and a good covering over the ripe core of tannins. There is subtle fruit complexity here, and overall this is very appealing. It could, in time, be great.
(Chateau Pape-Clément Pessac-Léognan) This is exotic, perfumed, deeply fruited, with an attractive pickling spices complexity. Fine texture on the palate, with lots of texture and a lovely extract. The tannins are ripe, rather svelte and peppery, and come with fresh acidity. Tannic finish. This is set up for good development in the cellar.
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