2013 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Elsewhere $85)

SKU #1257922 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/2014)

91-92 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/2014)

89-92 points 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. (RP)  (8/2014)

89-92 points Vinous

 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. (AG)  (4/2014)

88-91 points 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. (ID)  (6/2014)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 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'.  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

**½ to ***

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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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.