Chateau-Pape-Clément Pessac Leognan Blanc 2009
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan|
The 2009 Pape Clement Blanc is an absolutely remarkable wine, which is not a surprise given what this historic estate has done in both white and red over the last 20 years. Their white wine, an intriguing blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris and the rest Muscadelle, comes from 7.5 acres of pure gravelly soil. An exquisite nose of honeysuckle, tropical fruit, pineapple, green apples, and orange and apricot marmalade soar from the glass. Great acidity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a texture more akin to great grand cru white Burgundy put this wine in a class by itself. I wouldn't be surprised if there were others who also think this is pure perfection in white Bordeaux. I tasted this wine four separate times and gave it a perfect score three of the four times. It is one of most exquisite dry white I have ever tasted from anywhere - period. Certainly the founder of Pape Clement, Bertrand de Goth, would be happy with his decision to plant a vineyard here in 1305. Pure genius!
Barrel sample. A wine that shows the ripe fruit of the year, but that seems to keep enough freshness. Bold and rich, very spicy wood on top of peach fruit flavors.
A big, creamy, shortbread- and white peach-filled version, with extra layers of salted butter, heather and grapefruit pulp driving through the finish. A more muscular style, but with the vivacity and length to pull it off. Best from 2014 through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 750 cases made.