2013 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Dense and structured white with a deep, enticing fruit character but agile and lively on the palate. Layered and refined. Lots of pear, slice-apple, mineral and lemon character. Clearly outstanding.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Strikingly concentrated, a la a grand cru white Burgundy, the 2013 Pape Clement exhibits notes of orange zest, white currants, flowers, exotic mango and melony fruit. This medium to full-bodied, compellingly deep, fresh white wine should drink well for 10-20 years. It is a candidate for the white wine of the vintage in Bordeaux. (RP)
This is on the showy side, with toasted macadamia nut, butter and creamed white peach aromas and flavors leading the way, followed by warm shortbread, mirabelle plum and lemon curd notes that stretch through the lengthy finish. Almost languid, but a fine thread of verbena maintains the tension while allowing the hedonistic side to strut its stuff. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle. Drink now through 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright straw. Lively aromas and flavors of fresh citrus fruit and white flowers are complicated by nuances of custard cream, vanilla bean and fresh herbs. Builds nicely in concentration and complexity in the mouth, finishing with lingering bright acidity that does not hide the wine's underlying opulent mouthfeel.
Barrel Sample. Richly fruity, this wine has a fine balance between its warm character and the natural freshness of the year. It’s ripe, with swathes of citrus and crisp apple flavors, followed by a mineral texture at the end.
Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and game notes emerge from the 2013 Ormes de Pez. Broad and ample on the palate within the context of the year, the 2013 stands out for its balance and sense of proportion. Savory herb and game notes add nuance on the finish. The 2013 is a bit rough around the edges, but quite pleasing just the same. Yields came in at 34 hectoliters per hectare as opposed to the more typical 50 or so. The blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. (AG)