2008 Pape-Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
95 points Robert Parker: "One of the top successes of the vintage, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was harvested between October 8 and 24. The late harvest ensured perfect ripeness as evidenced by the sweet bouquet of black cherries, lead pencil shavings, cassis and subtle barbecue smoke. Well-balanced with good acidity, ripe tannins, medium to full body and a layered mouthfeel, this excellent 2008 can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years." (05/11) 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Deep inky red. Profound but reticent nose suggests at ripe blackcurrant, plum and black pepper, as well as a hint of sawdust. Very full and rich but nicely balanced thanks to harmonious acids, with persistent blackberry and plum flavors and a strong spine of tannins that will take years to resolve. Still, this strikes me as a potentially superb vintage for Pape-Clement. " 90 points Wine Spectator: "Smoky, toasty oak notes take the lead in this powerful red, framing a core of dark flavors, with cassis, espresso and tar. Bold, with muscular tannins and chewy extract. Best from 2013 through 2020." (03/11) Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.