Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

$139

Named after the first French pope, this brilliant 75-acre estate located just south of the beltway surrounding the city of Bordeaux is planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Produced from yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare, the 2003 is evolved (part of its extraordinary appeal). Complex characteristics of smoke, meat, lead pencil shavings, sweet plums, black cherry liqueur, blackberries, and a hint of espresso are followed by an opulent, full-bodied wine with moderately high but silky tannin, a layered texture, and copious glycerin, which gives it a big, savory, expansive mouthfeel. The finish is long and persistent. This example appears to be on a fast evolutionary track, but it will probably never close down, and should last 15-20 years...at the minimum. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Adam Crane Delectable Pro

Lean, but balanced with signature Pessac mineral laden finish.

Lean, but balanced with signature Pessac mineral laden finish.

9.2

Sean Castorani Delectable Pro

Dense with ripe fruit and some herbs, not too hot for 03 but a little bretty.

Dense with ripe fruit and some herbs, not too hot for 03 but a little bretty.

8.3

Brian Graham

Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

9.7

Grace Li

Rated it high because of the ambiance - with my dearest family eating family style hotpot ❤️

Rated it high because of the ambiance - with my dearest family eating family style hotpot ❤️

9.5

John Van Trijp

Perfection!

Perfection!

10

Kurtis Nishiyama

nice leather, oaky fruity nose. smooth tannins but finishes fairly quick

nice leather, oaky fruity nose. smooth tannins but finishes fairly quick

9.4

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