2014 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201309 92-95 points Vinous

 One of the more overt, exotic whites readers will find in 2014, the Pape Clément Blanc is built on texture and voluptuousness, with all the elements in the right place. Orange peel, mint and white flowers lead to more tropical-leaning fruits, along with a host of honey, melon and quince overtones. The Blanc retains gorgeous nuance for such a big, oily, viscous white. This is another superb showing from Bernard Magrez and his team led by Consulting Winemaker Michel Rolland. (AG)  (4/2015)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This is a ripe, full wine that combines spice from wood aging with rich yellow- and white-fruit tones. It is textured, tight and nervy, and should develop nicely. (RV)  (4/2015)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 Distinctive, with lemon sherbet and yellow apple flavors, matched to white ginger, brioche and singed macadamia nut notes. Quite creamy in feel, with a paraffin hint at the very end. An overt style, but hard to deny. (JM)  (4/2015)

93-94 points James Suckling

 This is layered and substantial as it should be with dried honey and apple character. Full and intense with layers of fruit. This is a serious white.  (3/2015)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Pape-Clement Blanc 2014 is a blend of 50% Sémillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Sauvignon Gris picked between 8 and 23 September. There is a tangible richness, almost decadence on the nose that actually shades the Magrez-Fombrauge Blanc. Lemon curd and dried honey soar from the glass. The palate is very well balanced, powerful in the mouth, a slight viscosity coming through towards the finish that fans out with a sense of confidence and brio. This will be utterly irresistible. (NM)  (4/2015)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2015 | Send Email
One of the best white wines of Bordeaux, the Pape Clément blanc 2014 glows with elegance. Delicately fruity on the nose, with honeysuckle, citrus, vanilla and a subtle note of cloves, a tell-tale of the passage in new oak barrels. On the palate it remains fresh besides the nice creamy texture and the fullness of its body. An excellent wine

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- 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.


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- 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.