chateau pape clement, blanc, pessac-leognan 2019
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 46% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 14% Sauvignon Gris, the 2019 Blanc was harvested from the 30th of August to the 13th of September. The nose of this nascent beauty was locked up tight for the first few minutes, eventually unfurling to offer subtle scents of fresh pineapple, green guava, kumquat and lemon zest with an emerging core of honey-drizzled white peach, chopped almonds and oyster shells plus a waft of baker's yeast. Medium-bodied, the palate is beautifully nuanced and poised, delivering fantastic intensity with a racy backbone and gorgeous satiny texture, finishing with epic length. Stunning.
Always up with the top whites in a vintage, the 2019 Château Pape Clement Blanc sports a light gold hue to go with an exotic bouquet of honeyed grapefruit, citrus, flowers, and brioche. It's beautifully done, medium to full-bodied, and has bright acidity and a great finish. It's a terrific, complex, layered white.
Finely balanced between richly textured and restrained savoury white pear and citrus fruits. Walks the line between the two, far more successful to my taste than it did perhaps a decade ago, when this was a bigger style of white. You can clearly tell that this has impact and confidence, but it is beautifully complex and well-put together. Fermented in barrel, large sized oak casks and (15%) in cement egg-shaped vats. Harvest August 30 to September 12. Consultant Michel Rolland. Tasted twice two weeks apart.
Lots of tangy fruit and beautiful depth. It’s full-bodied, yet racy and very, very long. So much salty and sliced-apple character here. Excellent minerality and intensity. Barrel Sample: 96-97
This fine wine shows rich tropical fruit balanced by fine acidity. As is normal with this estate, the wine's wood aging characters show, but the rich fruit is perfectly capable of matching the oak in intensity. It will certainly age well.