2020 - Ch Pape Clément Blanc Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
White
Producer
Château Pape Clément
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon / Muscadelle
Drinking
2023 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2020 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
2023 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £535.00
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Pape Clément Blanc is a clear step up from the Le Prélat and Clementin, delivering taut, mineral-rich citrus fruit aromas with vibrancy and tension. The palate is well balanced and seems less oaky than previous vintages when tasted from barrel. Ginger and lemongrass enliven the finish on this excellent Pape Clément Blanc. Drink 2022 - 2038

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 94

    A delicious Pape Clément blanc, this has flesh, power, depth, character and a ton of juicy minerality with white pear, peach, and a slate-filled texture that adds grip and saline freshness. Well balanced and easy to recommend. Tasted three times. Drink 2022-2032

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2020 Pape Clément Blanc is remarkably understated. Passion fruit, white flowers, lemon confit, ginger and white pepper are all very nicely lifted. In 2020, the Blanc is decidedly airy and less unctuous than it has been in the past. It will be interesting to see where things stand at the end of aging. Drink 2022 - 2032

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 91-93

    67% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Sémillon, 3% Sauvignon Gris A very full creamy style, the lanolin sensations from the Semillon give a feeling of breadth overlapping with the freshness of bright Sauvignon fruit. The oak is quite present, with plenty of hazelnut and vanilla characteristics, and slightly controls the wine at this stage, but will surely settle down.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 97-98

    Lots of white peach and red apple with crushed-stone and pine-needle undertones. Full-bodied, yet compact and linear with beautiful toffee, light caramel, praline and nougat character to the fruit. Hints of wood. It shows phenolic tension and form, yet remains agile and energetic. Impressive for the vintage.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 96

    Honeysuckle, orange rind, spice, pomelo, green apple and a shot of mango create the nose. On the palate the wine is full, rich, creamy, oily and fresh, with layers of ripe, sweet, spicy, yellow citrus and tart green apples in the finish.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17

    Good lemon lift on the nose here. Really lively with some spritz and a kiss of oak rather than being dominated by it. This is clever winemaking with a mineral element. Really lively. I may be tasting this four days too late but it's still awfully impressive! Just the right balance of ripe fruit and fresh acidity. Sprightly even. Tension and a floral element. Great stuff! 13.5% Drink 2022 – 2029

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 17.5+

    Delicious! This is a full-bodied but amazingly fresh wine with lovely crisp lemony acidity on the palate and a restrained amount of oak throughout. Well-balanced and lip-smacking this is a top-class white wine in 2020.

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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.