2012 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Pape Clement, a profound blend of 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 44% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris and the rest Muscadelle, is once again a fabulous effort. Gorgeous notes of honeysuckle, pineapple, orange blossoms and mangoes soar from the glass of this full-bodied, unctuously textured, zesty, well-delineated white Pessac-Leognan from a suburb of Bordeaux. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
Well-toasted, creamy style, with brioche, shortbread and macadamia nut aromas and flavors along with lemon curd and wet straw, creamed yellow apple and melon fruit. Big and bold, but with superb range and definition.
This is already a gorgeous wine with spices, berries, dark chocolate and walnuts. Full body, soft and silky. Beauty. Better than 2011.
This is a ripe, rounded wine with weight and a full mouthfeel. It's smooth on the palate with pear flavor accented with spice, ginger and soft acidity.