Peter Maude Fine Wines
2018, Château Pape Clement, PESSAC-LEOGNAN, Rouge
I love watching how Pape Clement is evolving with every vintage. There's still a bit of Venice Beach in its muscles but it has let some juice in between the firm tannins and it's all the better for it. There are ripples of freshness here too, with lots of fleshy fruit, and a slatey mineral finish that sits against chocolate and smoked cedar notes. It's clearly been carefully extracted yet still has the serious ageing ability and sense of confidence that is the signature of the property. 37hl/ha yield in 2018. Two-thirds new oak. 95/100 Jane Anson, Decanter.
Drinking Window: 2026 - 2042.