2018 Chateau Pape Clement

2018 Chateau Pape Clement

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I wouldn’t have believed it, if I hadn’t tasted it. And even then, I might have doubted my own sensations if I wasn’t surrounded by a table of identical impressions. No one else is going to tell you this because it's sacrosanct and not the status quo of Bordeaux, but the 2018 IS DRINKING SUBLIMELY RIGHT NOW!

 

"Coming from 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak, the 2018 Château Pape Clement from Bernard Magrez is a gorgeous wine that's performing even better from bottle than barrel, which is always a good sign. Deep ruby/purple, with stunning crème de cassis and blackberry fruits as well as kaleidoscope-like notes of graphite, scorched earth, smoke, violets, and spring flowers, it offers full-bodied richness yet stays light on its feet, graceful, and almost ethereal on the palate, with integrated acidity and building yet seamless tannin's. The Cabernet Sauvignon really sings at this point, and there's almost a Médoc-like regalness here. Reminding me of a slightly more elegant 2005 (it also has similarities to the 2016), it will benefit from 4-6 years in the cellar and keep for 30+ years." -99 Points, Jeb Dunnuck