2014 Pessac-Leognan, Cru Classé from Bordeaux
This 2014 Pessac-Leognan Chateau Pape Clément offers a great amount of black fruits, frankly and purely given off, without being altered by wood. The swirling exhales a large palette of fresh blackcurrant, raspberry and smashed blackberry. A fresh cedar of Lebanon note concludes the olfactory examination.
The attack is ample, bold and leads to a solid mid-palate. The wine is round carried by a strong tannic structure that is fine on the finish. The finish is fruity and the whole gives this Cru Classé a good ageing potential.
Parker : 94 / 100
J. Suckling : 96 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2014 Pape Clement has quite a potent bouquet with lavish red cherry, kirsch, iodine and pastille-like scents, the oak probably needing another couple of years to fully integrate. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, quite refined and focused with appreciable tension towards the finish that comes laden with succulent, tobacco-infused blackberry fruit. This is a sumptuous and yet refined Pape-Clement that demonstrated the most matière or substance out of all the Pessac-Léognan 2014s that I tasted, except for the Haut-Brion. It is certainly a wine destined for a long future.