2013 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159032 95-96 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/ 2014)

94-96 points 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.  (8/ 2014)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 Lemon curd, white peach and shortbread flavors are taking shape, along with notes of meringue and sweetened butter. Rather tightly wound today, but very long. (Web-2014)

90-93 points 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.  (6/ 2014)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/ 2014)

88-90 points Antonio Galloni

 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.  (4/ 2014)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/7/2014  | Send Email
***½ If the first three wines fall into the more traditional Bordeaux white mold then the Pape Clement breaks it. Fragrant and exotic this wine has a sexy feel with kumquat, lychee and tropical fruit notes. Stone fruit, wet stone and notes of iodine are prevalent here.

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Varietal:

Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.