2011 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1091024 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Showing new wood spice, this rich and full-bodied wine also has weighty fruit, with creamy and herbaceous qualities.  (4/ 2012)

95-96 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/ 2012)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 No tasting note given.  (4/ 2012)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/ 2012)

89-92 points 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.  (8/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*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.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/21/2014  | Send Email
Exceptional! Transcendent nose, rich, buttery, almost more redolent of a Chardonnay than a complex wine made of 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Sémillon, 5% Muscadelle et 5% Sauvignon Gris.

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Varietal:

Semillon

- 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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- 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.