2000 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine stands out as a sensational effort just a few years away from full maturity. A 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine displays loads of scorched earth and smoky barbecue scents along with blueberry, black raspberry and black currant. The wine is expansive, has a savory, broad palate and a full-bodied mouthfeel, yet possesses vivid purity and uplift. The tannins are still present, but they are sweet and well-integrated. This wine should hit full maturity in another year or two and last for at least 20 more years.
A rich, open modern style of wine, full of new wood flavors. The fruit is solid, chunky and square, while the tannins are ripe and generous. This will develop relatively quickly, over the next 10 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red-ruby. Smoky, highly aromatic nose of plum liqueur, raspberry, violet, tobacco, hot rocks and tomato. Dense, sweet and gamey, with slightly medicinal raw currant fruit complicated by tomato and tobacco leaf. This shows a lot of Graves character. Finishes with firm but sweet tannins and very good breadth.
Subtle aromas of blackberries and cherries, with hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a ripe fruit, chocolate aftertaste. A solid Pape Clément. Best after 2010.