2008 Pape-Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $160)

SKU #1402870 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2008 Château Pape Clément Blanc is still going strong and has impressive purity and freshness. Classy notes of lemon curd, pineapple, flowers, and honeysuckle all emerge from this beautifully mineral-laced effort, and it’s medium-bodied, vibrant and balanced on the palate. The blend of the 2008 is 45% Semillon, 43% Sauvignon, and the rest Sauvignon Gris.  (2/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 45% Semillon, 43% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Sauvignon Gris and 4% Muscadelle that hit 14.5% natural alcohol from yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, this beauty offers up exotic notes of orange marmalade, lemon custard and citrus oil. (RP)  (5/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is an impressive wine, packed with toast, yellow fruits, spice and richness. There is structure as well, the fruit layered with wood. Great balance and great potential. (RV)  (4/2011)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of 66% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon, and 4% muscadelle) Light straw-gold. Ripe, appealing aromas of yellow melon and green fig, complicated by quince, vanilla and white chocolate. Rich and suave on the palate, with more melon and guava flavors. This very classy, impeccably balanced wine has a long, clean finish featuring a lingering note of white pepper and a distinctly saline quality. Tasted three different times with consistently high scores. (ID)  (5/2009)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This is really racy and pure, with gorgeous yellow apple, melon rind, chamomile, straw and quinine notes that drive through the lengthy, well-defined finish. Shows impressive focus. (JM)  (8/2011)

K&L Notes

92 points Neal Martin: "Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The white Pape-Clement never convinced out of barrel, but it appears to have really blossomed in bottle. It has a very attractive nose with scents of lemon peel, almond, orange peel and white peach that are well defined and very fresh. The palate is very well balanced with a subtle note of ginger on the entry; very well integrated oak with a lovely caressing, waxy finish with hints of lemon curd and dried pineapple. Tasted January 2012." (for RobertParker.com)


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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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.