2003 Pape-Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This gorgeous, fully mature, complex Pape Clement exhibits notes of smoky tobacco, earth, loamy soil, forest floor, black cherries, plums and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, fresh and lively, the acids have fallen away and the tannins have melted into an opulent, fleshy, classic Bordeaux. Consume it over the next 10-15 years. Bravo! (RP)
Intense aromas of crushed berry, mineral, tobacco and smoke. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and loads of ripe, rich fruit. Goes on for minutes. This is tight and well-structured.
Loads of earthy and funky aromas here, with pepper, meat, and raisins. Full bodied, with big chewy tannins and chunky mouth feel. Needs time to soften. A little bit rustic, but I like it a lot.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red. Expressive aromas of currant, plum, tobacco, truffle and smoked meat. Flamboyantly ripe and sexy, with surprising vinosity giving shape to the fleshy flavors of raspberry, smoked meat, tobacco, truffle and minerals. Utterly captivating on the long, mellow finish, throwing off notes of sandalwood, woodsmoke, cocoa and tobacco. (ST)
*Barrel Sample* A well-balanced use of new wood gives this wine great potential. It shows spice, dark fruit flavors and solid wood tannins. A fine success.