Sunday, January 31, 2016
2013 Chateau Pape Clement
The 2013 Bordeaux vintage is still extraordinarily young and having just tasted about 50 of them in a recent event, I can say that the vintage is somewhat light, high in acidity, and needs lots of time to come together. They were showing the 2013's side by side with the amazing 2010 vintage, which I thought to be quite unfair considering the known quality and depth of the 2010's.
This wine was one of the better efforts of the 2013's and showed remarkably well at such a young stage. The wine is incredibly dense and very black in color especially at the core, only fading slightly to a dark garnet and ruby color on the rim.
On the nose the wine shows earthy and ironous qualities, combined with cassis, black berry, pencil lead, rusted metal roof, bike chain, and Provencal herbs.
On the palate the wine is powerful and displays the same earthly-like black fruits, that pencil lead and that black coal/metallic character persists. The wine has immense tannin and acid and will last at least a few decades in bottle where it will mature and bring forth it's true spirit.