2015 - Ch Pape Clément Blanc Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
White
Producer
Château Pape Clément
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon / Muscadelle
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
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2015 CH PAPE CLÉMENT BLANC GRAND CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Château Pape Clément
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon / Muscadelle
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £616.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2016,
    Score: 93-95

    Tropical mango and zesty citrus swirl out of the bright lemon yellow in the glass. This wine has tension, and a fresh attitude. There is the hint of something grippy and phenolic towards the end of the palate, which has a good, crisp length.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 94

    The 2015 Pape-Clément Blanc has an attractive bouquet of crisp, well-defined Granny Smith apple, shucked oyster shell, Conference pear and light white peach aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The well-balanced palate possesses good depth and enough acidity to lend real tension and energy. It becomes more malic toward the finish, but there is always an underlying richness that imparts a fine peach skin finish. Excellent. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2016,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2015 Pape Clement Blanc is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Gris picked between 12 and 15 September at 29.5 hl/ha. Around 15% of the production was aged on egg-shaped concrete tanks. The nose is actually more introverted than the deuxième vin at the moment, but the complexity is locked in via shucked oyster shell and citrus notes. The palate is extremely well balanced with a keen line of acidity that imparts tension and freshness. This is a succinctly crafted white Bordeaux, almost understated at first, but it is only when it departs down the throat that its quality become apparent. Like the aforementioned deuxième vin, this comes highly recommended

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2016,
    Score: 95-96

    So dense and powerful. Layered and chewy. Phenolic. Full body, dried apple and pear. Pineapple too. Goes on for minutes.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2016,
    Score: 93

    A finesse of sweet lemon on the nose; very inviting. Pape Clément has achieved that difficult balance of keeping to the exotic and rich house style while still ploughing a seam of freshness. A very good wine. 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Gris.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 18+

    Good richness and power coupled with quite a closed and controlled palate makes this a wine with some serious potential. Grand and with complete confidence, this is a terrific wine which starts to show its layers of fruit right at the back of the palate where they will remain until they are ushered forwards in a few years.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 17+

    Big and bold on the nose. Very rich, almost sweet, and then, for the moment, the crisp citrus bit on the finish is not (yet?) integrated. Quite a show stopper but possibly too big and rich to marry with food easily. Drink 2018-2026

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2016,
    Score: 92-95

    This relies on a fairly obvious oak treatment, with lush macadamia, butter and brioche notes coating the core of creamed apple and melon flavors. Shows threads of verbena and chamomile, but they’re way in the background. For fans of the style only.

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Producer

Château Pape Clément

Created in the 13th century by Pope Clément V, Château Pape Clément is one of the oldest estatesin Bordeaux. After he took the Papacy in 1306 and moved to Avignon, he relinquished the châteauto the church. This heritage remains with the château today in the form of a Papal cross on its label - a symbol that is shared by Châteauneuf du Pape producers in the Rhône Valley. Since 1985 with the arrival of Bernard Magrez, much investment has been made to increase the potential at this estate including extensive grape selection, stainless steel fermentation and additional new oak barrels for the château's ageing cellar.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.