Château Pape Clément 2012 Red: A “near-perfection” Wine

Pape ClementChâteau Pape Clément, located in Pessac, near Bordeaux, owes its name to its most famous owner—Pope Clement V (1305). In the 1980s, Bernard Magrez, an entrepreneur passionate about wine, took over the ownership and ever since, he has deployed every means possible to ensure that Château Pape Clément’s exceptional terroir continues to flourish. Since 2004 Bernard Magrez has acquired 40 wine estates in France and around the world of which Château Pape Clément is the crown jewel.

The 2010 and 2012 Pape Clément red, are both currently available at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits with very limited quantities!

The 2010 Pape Clément red (sale-priced at $229.99) has received the perfect score of 100 points from Robert Parker.

The 2012 Pape Clément red was recently re-tasted by Parker and received a near-perfect score of 97 points.

“I certainly underrated the 2010 Pape Clement from barrel, rating it only 93-95+. (Thank God I put a “plus” there!) Having tasted it four times in Bordeaux, and rating it perfect three times and 99 the fourth time, this final blend of 51% Merlot, 47.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1.5% Petit Verdot is perfection in a bottle. Tipping the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol, there are 8,000 cases of it. Its sublime elegance, the power, the medium to full-bodied texture, the silky tannins, the subtle notes of smoke, lead pencil shavings, black currants, charcoal, camphor, blueberry and cassis fruit are all remarkable. It is a rich, full-throttle wine, but the elegance and the great terroir of Pape Clement come through in abundance. It is slightly more developed and evolved than the 2005 was at a similar point in its evolution, but it certainly needs another 5-7 years to develop further nuances, which it surely will. This wine will last 30-40+ years.

Kudos to proprietor Bernard Magrez, who has built an empire based on high quality more than any other characteristic.”

100 Points Wine Advocate #205 Feb 2013  (Robert M. Parker Jr.) Drink: 2013 – 2053

The 2012 Pape Clement received this review:

“The iconic 2012 Pape Clement is a candidate for near-perfection as well as one of the wines of the vintage. From proprietor Bernard Magrez, this is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. This extraordinary vineyard (a few miles to the west of Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion) has hit all the highlights of this vintage. Interestingly, the quality of the Pomerols and Graves wines in 2012 is closer to what one would consider a great vintage than the general image of 2012. This is truly great wine and not far off their magnificent 2005 and 2010. Full-bodied, with rich cassis, subtle burning embers and spice followed by velvety, well-integrated tannins, the wine is lush, expansive, savory and profound. This is a remarkable wine that could be drunk at a reasonably young age, but should cellar brilliantly for a quarter-century. Yields were modest at 37 hectoliters per hectare from this 132-acre estate. The alcohol level came in at 13.5%.”

97 Points eRobertParker.com #218 Apr 2015   (Robert M. Parker Jr.)  Drink 2015 – 2040

Atanas Nechkov, Wine & Spirits Supervisor

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