- Château le Pape
- Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/Cab Franc/Syrah
- 2024 - 2034
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, Februaury 2021
A reflection of the very best of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). Exuberant dark black fruit on the nose and hints of fresh tobacco leaf and spice. Full and sensual in the palate, with appealing rich volume and some firm Cabernet structure sitting comfortably underneath. A line of freshness on the finish is beautifully uplifting and makes for a very complete and sophisticated style. Quite lovely.
Neal Martin, June 2020,
The 2019 Le Pape was picked 30 September to 11 October. Deep ruby in colour, it has a clean and precise, almost Burgundy-like bouquet with raspberry, wild strawberry and subtle loamy aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly creamy-textured opening that belies that structure underneath, then it segues into a distinctly saline finish that gets the saliva flowing. Excellent. Drink 2023 - 2039
Antonio Galloni, June 2020,
The 2019 Le Pape is exquisite. Floral, savory and blood orange top notes give the 2019 striking freshness to play off the natural radiance of red cherry and raspberry fruit. The balance of richness and vibrancy is compelling. Le Pape has seldom been this seductive. The 2019 is all class.
Wine Advocate, June 2020,
A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot for the 2019 Le Pape was harvested from the 30th of September to the 3rd of October, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested on the 11th of October. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it has a nose of freshly crushed blackberries, kirsch and redcurrant jelly with hints of bay leaves, pencil lead, tobacco leaf and charcoal. Medium-bodied, the palate is soft and juicy, offering plenty of dried herbs and earthy accents, finishing on a mineral note.
James Suckling, June 2020,
A bright, fresh red with crunchy character, showing coffee, chocolate and berries. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. One of the most refined Papes.
Jancis Robinson, June 2020,
Easy-going, fresh and poised. Gentle red-berry and spice aromas. Juicy, ripe but fresh on the palate, the tannins finely woven and smooth. Undemonstrative but measured. (JL) Drink 2024 – 2032
Château le Pape
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.