2011 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $170)
Showing new wood spice, this rich and full-bodied wine also has weighty fruit, with creamy and herbaceous qualities.
A white with fabulous depth and structure that shows layers of sliced apple, mineral, chalk, and mango character. It's layered and powerful like a top red. The line of acidity is wonderful. Grand cru Burgundy style.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Blanc is a blend of 40% Sauvignon, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris and 9% Muscadelle cropped at 30hl/ha in successive tries between 30th August and 15th September. It has a well-defined bouquet with scents of grapefruit, lime flower, vanilla pod and a touch of guava that is nicely contained and focused. The palate has a well balanced entry that displays fine weight in the mouth. The oak is a little obtrusive at the moment but it will meld together with bottle age. There are attractive notes of grapefruit, bitter lemon and white peach with fine minerality. This is an excellent Pessac Blanc...(NM)
Feels almost open and welcoming already, with lightly toasted brioche and salted butter notes giving way to well-defined straw, verbena and honeysuckle. Long and lush on the finish, this expands quickly with air and stands apart from the pack with its richly layered profile. (JM)
A rich, flamboyant wine, the 2012 Pape Clément Blanc has a lot to offer. Orange blossoms, ginger, mint, lychee, spices and layers of tropical-infused fruit are super-expressive in the glass. The Blanc is voluptuous, creamy and inviting. Not much is left to the imagination. Drink this unctuous, racy white over the next decade or so. (AG)
*½+ At the château: Rich, with hints of vanilla and cream upfront, lemon and lime in the middle and a spicy, long finish. Very tasty.