Chateau-Pape-Clément Pessac Leognan 2008
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Chateau-Pape-Clément Pessac Leognan 2008

  • wa95
  • we89-91
  • ws90

750ml

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The grapes are initially sorted in the vineyard, hand-picked into small crates, manualy destemmed, and then put into wooden vats by gra- vity flow. Cool pre-fermentation maceration. Manual punching down of the cap. The wine is run off directly into new barrels via gravity flow, without any pumping. It is then aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels.
Wine Advocate
  • wa95

One of the top successes of the vintage, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was harvested between October 8 and 24. The late harvest ensured perfect ripeness as evidenced by the sweet bouquet of black cherries, lead pencil shavings, cassis and subtle barbecue smoke. Well-balanced with good acidity, ripe tannins, medium to full body and a layered mouthfeel, this excellent 2008 can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years.

Robert Parker, May 2011
Wine Enthusiast
  • we89-91

Ripe and juicy, with delicious blackcurrant flavors, the wine ripe, accessible and fruity. While it is not big, it is finely structured.

Roger Voss, December 31, 2009
Wine Spectator
  • ws90

Smoky, toasty oak notes take the lead in this powerful red, framing a core of dark flavors, with cassis, espresso and tar. Bold, with muscular tannins and chewy extract. Best from 2013 through 2020. 7,750 cases made.

James Molesworth, April 30, 2011