2014 chateau pape clement, blanc, pessac-leognan
Why We're Buying
Château Pape Clément Blanc comes from the oldest planted vineyard in Bordeaux. Since starting in 1300, this mixture of sauvignon blanc and Sémillon has served as a beacon for quality and craftsmanship. In 2009, wine critic Robert Parker bestowed this non-cru classé white wine with a perfect rating.
Quite showy, with a broad and creamy feel, as this has a toasted macadamia nut frame around a large core of warm lemon pound cake, tangerine cream, white ginger and wet straw notes. Though hefty, this glides beautifully thanks to well-buried acidity. Best from 2018 through 2026.
This is a ripe, full wine that combines spice from wood aging with rich yellow- and white-fruit tones. It is textured, tight and nervy, and should develop nicely.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Pape Clement Blanc was tasted three times during my tastings. In all three occasions, I felt that it has not quite delivered on that initial promise from barrel, missing the mineral tension of the finest white Bordeaux such as Domaine de Chevalier or Malartic-Lagravière Blanc. The palate is quite rounded on the entry and the new oak is more evident here, lending the texture an attractive creaminess, but filing away some of the tension and nervosité on the finish. I can picture it having broad appeal, but I was hoping for more terroir expression.