2013 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. This is a wine that has richness, a solid structure and a sense of power. It’s complex, ripe and full of blackberry fruits, all smoothed by the wood aging.
The 2013 Pape Clément is a bit severe at this stage, but that should not be an issue over the next few years as the wine begins to approach the early part of its drinking window. Firm tannins support a core of expressive dark cherry, plum, grilled herbs, smoke and tobacco in a resonant wine that is going to need a little bit of time to open up. Tasted three times.
The core of fruit is lovely here with extremely integrated tannins and a mineral, stone and blueberry character. Full body. Bright finish. Earthy and spicy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A strong effort, the 2013 Pape Clement boasts a dark ruby/plum color along with notes of black currants, mulberries, cherries, graphite, and a hint of white chocolate, medium body, more substance, depth and texture than most of its peers, soft, round tannins, and a straightforward finish. Made from a final blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this wine achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. It can be consumed over the next 10-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Spicy red cherry and dark chocolate aromas, along with strong mineral and pungent herbal notes. Taut and minty, with red cherry and chocolate flavors lifted by zippy acidity. Finishes with dusty tannins, a note of cedar and very good length. Very good focus here, not to mention concentration and poise.
Ripe and focused, with a beam of cassis and cherry compote, well-layered with ample spice-infused toast. This relies on oak more than acidity but remains sleek and integrated. Should be solid as long as this doesn’t dry out during the 'élevage'.
**½ to ***