2011 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Nothing is reined in here, with lots of roasted apple wood and mesquite aromas that lead to dark, plush blackberry and plum paste notes. Rich and broad, but well-detailed, this pounds its chest a bit, but it's impressively done.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I had the 2011 Pape Clement on four separate occasions and there was a slight sample variation, but this seems to be a fair estimate of its potential. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest tiny proportions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2011 offers notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, barbecue meat, black cherries, black currants and plum sauce. This is a medium to full-bodied, dense as well as strikingly elegant and precise wine. The purity, palate presence and potentially complex aromatics always stand out in a Pape Clement. This example should drink well for 15-24 years. This great terroir, which is basically within a suburb on the southern outskirts of Bordeaux only 2-3 miles from Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion, is just over 100 acres.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep purple-ruby. Knockout aromas of blackcurrant and violet complicated by chocolate and spices. Then tighter and less opulent in the mouth than the nose would suggest, offering very pure, precise flavors of black fruits and minerals. The mounting tannins are polished and fine-grained, though not shy. This wine has the balance and structure to age well.
The nose of violets, warm stone and blueberries is very impressive. Full body, with chewy tannins and a firm finish. Outstanding but like to see a little more fruit in the mid-palate. Chewy.
*½ Trey: Inky color, dark and toasty nose. This is very concentrated and layered, with tons of vanilla and spice. Definitely in a flashy style, but I like it. 90-92 points. RS: Very deep and full of grapey fruit, plus hints of clove and earth. Very pure and very good. Tasted twice. **