Chateau Pape Clement 2016 - Case of 6 Bottles (75cl)
The 2016 Pape Clement is picked from 30 September until 19 October at 48 hectoliters per hectare. The first bottle that I tasted with Bernard Magrez and his team felt a little overdone, but I had a strong suspicion that it was not a representative bottle. A second bottle was more restrained on the nose with blackberries, red plum, a touch of cloves and a light iodine influence. I love the delineation and detail here. The palate is medium-bodied with a graphite-infused entry, plenty of black fruit, saline in the mouth with great depth and cohesion on the long and tender finish. It continues Pape-Clement/Bernard Magrez' move towards a more classic style compared to the previous decade. Tasted four times, once as I mentioned, unnecessarily richer in style, but the other three consistent. Drink 2024-2050.
Country/Region: France, Pessace-Leognan
Grape Variety: Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 50%
Packaging: OWC - 6x750ml
Robert Parker: 95-97 /100