2011 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Showing new wood spice, this rich and full-bodied wine also has weighty fruit, with creamy and herbaceous qualities.
A white with fabulous depth and structure that shows layers of sliced apple, mineral, chalk, and mango character. It's layered and powerful like a top red. The line of acidity is wonderful. Grand cru Burgundy style.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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Feels almost open and welcoming already, with lightly toasted brioche and salted butter notes giving way to well-defined straw, verbena and honeysuckle. Long and lush on the finish, this expands quickly with air and stands apart from the pack with its richly layered profile.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright golden-tinged straw. Spicy ripe citrus and floral aromas. Also rich and dense on the palate, with bright fruit and floral flavors. Finishes big and rich, with a peppery zing, some obvious tannins, and a touch of green emerging at the back. Not the last word in refinement, but it's hard to argue with this wine's in-your-face personality.
*½+ At the château: Rich, with hints of vanilla and cream upfront, lemon and lime in the middle and a spicy, long finish. Very tasty. Trey: Stony, mineral-driven aromas, intense and concentrated. Powerful for a white, with great acid and focus. Not overdone. Fine, indeed.