2017 - Ch Pape Clément Blanc Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
05B7PAPC _ 2017 - Ch Pape Clément Blanc Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan - 12x75cl
Colour
White
Producer
Château Pape Clément
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon / Muscadelle
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl

2017 CH PAPE CLÉMENT BLANC GRAND CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 12x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Château Pape Clément
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon / Muscadelle
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2018,
    Score: 92-94

    A standout white in the Pessac-Léognan UGC tasting. This is vibrant and fresh with hints of limes and grapefruits. In the palate there is drive and energy, it is wonderfully intense and long. Excellent.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2018,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2017 Pape Clément Blanc was picked from 30 August to 14 September, 15% of the production is aged in 8-hectolitre egg-shaped concrete vats and Burgundy barrels (30% new) for a total élevage of 14 months. The nose offers citrus fruit, kaffir lime and white flower scents that need a little encouragement from the glass. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity. Freshly squeezed lime with white peach and a touch of mango lead to a crisp, lemongrass-tinged finish. 2020 - 2030

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2018,
    Score: 93-96

    A white of real distinction and class, the 2017 Pape Clément Blanc is textured, racy and super-inviting. Stylistically, the 2017 is more citrus and floral driven than in the past. Tropical notes and the more unctuous feel that are typical of the Blanc are present, but less overt than in the past. Above all else, in 2017 the Blanc stands out for its exceptional purity, nuance and delineation. The Blanc has been nothing else than deeply impressive on the four occasions I have tasted it so far.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2018,
    Score: 94-96+

    A blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Sémillon, the Pape Clement 2017 Blanc gives up profound notes of apricots, spiced pears and apple tart with suggestions of orange blossoms, fresh ginger and beeswax. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of tightly wound, intense stone fruit and spicy layers supported by fantastic freshness, finishing very long.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2018,
    Score: 92-93

    This is a layered and phenolic white with a creamy texture and serious ripeness and beauty. Full-bodied, yet vivid and energetic. Serious second wine.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2018,
    Score: 17.5+

    There is an exotic almost musky note about this juicy wine which is beguiling and while I don’t normally like this style of wine with too much fat and structure this young in its existence, there is something fascinating about the richness and scent here. A truly hedonistic treat, this is a rather attractive wine.

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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.